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Hurricane Humberto is first of Atlantic season

Posted September 11, 2013

— 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." Hurricane and flags 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."

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  • jonstewartrules Sep 11, 2013

    "JohnFlob, Al Gore is probably buying up all that cheap land in Maldives, kinda like he did that ocean front property that is supposed to be under water near San Francisco."

    Do comments like these actually make the commenter think they will somehow actually appear to be smart in any way, shape or form? If so, someone lied to them. Lied badly.

  • HockeyPlayerX Sep 11, 2013

    "There was a news story not too long ago saying that all the global warming temperatures recorded were from data instruments located around airports and ground sights where the temperature was 5 to 10 degrees more hotter due to the ground being covered in concrete and asphalt." ...it is true. There were pictures that went along with it. Of course, you are a racist and you only watch Fox News if you believe your own eyes.

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 11, 2013

    So this is it......this is our hurricane? Enjoy the waves Bermuda.

  • Knightwolf Sep 11, 2013

    JohnFlob, Al Gore is probably buying up all that cheap land in Maldives, kinda like he did that ocean front property that is supposed to be under water near San Francisco.

  • seankelly15 Sep 11, 2013

    sinenomine - "A leaked IPCC draft just this week says that there is now "low confidence" in the connection between global warming and the frequency and severity of hurricanes."

    There is a reason that it is called a DRAFT,

  • JohnFLob Sep 11, 2013

    " If the oceans aren't rising, how is it that Kiribati, a Pacific nation and Maldives, an Indian Ocean nation have both drawn up plans to abandon their islands. Both will be covered by water in the not too distant future and they aren't sinking."
    LovemyPirates September 11, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    Development of plans by these island governments is not proof of AGW.

  • NCGirl16 Sep 11, 2013

    @berob99 - Comprehend much? The paragraph immediately before the part you quoted refers to Tropical Storm Gabrielle not Hurricane Humberto. So your post has absolutely no relevance when it comes to Hurrican Humberto. The quote from Elizabeth Gardner referring to Hurrican Humberto says "It has a whole bunch of ocean real estate to cover before it has any impact on anyone."

  • carpe Sep 11, 2013

    Does not matter how many are predicted.

    Does not matter how many are named.

    All it takes is for YOU to be in an Andrew, or a Hugo, or a Katrina for you to have an appreciation of what the Hurricane Center does.

    Accuracy of predicted paths inside of 72 hours continues to improve every decade.

    I say cudo's to the National Hurricane Center.

  • sheep Sep 11, 2013

    Elizabeth G. was so excited I thought she was going to squill like a little girl. Must be boring without any hurricans to report on.

  • OleNCNative Sep 11, 2013

    The H is silent, y'all. Just FYI. ;-)

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