Humberto becomes Category 2 hurricane

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hurricane Humberto has strengthened to a Category 2 storm.

The system is expected to bring heavy rain to Bermuda on Tuesday and is still heading away from the U.S. coast.

As of 8 a.m., the system is about 555 miles west of the island territory with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to strengthen over the next 36 hours and will likely become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

Humberto is the third hurricane of the Atlantic season, following Hurricane Barry and Dorian.

Another system in the Atlantic will likely form into a cyclone over the next few days.

The National Hurricane Center said a tropical wave located over the central tropical Atlantic has a 60 percent chance of developing into a cyclone over the next 48 hours and a 90 percent of doing so over the next five days.

The system, which is about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, has continued disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

“The system has changed little in organization since yesterday, but conditions are still expected to be conducive for the formation of a tropical depression during the next day or so while the system moves slowly northwestward to west-northwestward,” the NHC said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

The next named storm will be called Imelda.


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