Published: 2013-09-11 06:03:00
Updated: 2013-09-11 16:46:39
Posted September 11, 2013
MIAMI — Humberto has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane far out in the Atlantic, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
Humberto's maximum sustained winds at 5 p.m. Wednesday were near 85 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the hurricane could gain more strength before a weakening trend likely starts on Thursday.
"We expected Humberto to become a hurricane Tuesday, but it took it's time," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "This storm is still off the coast of Africa, and it hasn't made a lot of westward progress. It may not do that for some time." Track Hurricane Humberto, Tropical Storm Gabrielle
Humberto is centered about 310 miles west-northwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and is moving north-northwest near 9 mph.
"It has a whole bunch of ocean real estate to cover before it has any impact on anyone," Gardner said.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is weakening as it moves away from Bermuda after hitting the wealthy British territory with wind, rain and rough surf. Gabrielle's maximum sustained winds decreased to about 40 mph.
"This storm isn't going to make landfall in the United States," Gardner said. "But we'll continue to watch it as it skirts by Bermuda and heads northward."