​Hurricane Humberto Becomes First 2013 Storm​​

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September 11, 2021

Tropical Storm Humberto is building in the Atlantic Ocean with maximum sustained winds increasing to near 70 mph, and the storm is expected to become a hurricane by Wednesday. It currently poses no threat to land.

The storm is currently located about 150 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. Forecasters expect the storm to continue to move west-northwest away from the islands before reaching wind speeds of up to 100 mph.

By early Saturday morning, however, Humberto should weaken back into a tropical storm before it reaches any land. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect and it is not posing a threat to land, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm should continue to strengthen for another 36 hours while it is over warm water and in an area with little cross winds, the NHC reported in a forecast discussion. After that time, however, several factors will appear that should cause the storm to weaken, including drier air and cross winds.

Meanwhile, another tropical storm in the Atlantic, Gabrielle, is approaching Bermuda and should pass over or near the island in about 24 hours, according to the NHC. The storm currently has maximum wind speeds of about 40 mph and is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to Bermuda within the next 12 to 24 hours, the NHC reported in an advisory.

if Humberto develops into a hurricane after 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, it will be the latest first hurricane of the season on record.

Tuesday marked the peak of the 2013 hurricane season.