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Tropical Storm Humberto forms, steering clear of Florida

Humberto’s wind speeds reached 40 mph on Saturday as it’s expected to turn north-northwest.
The tropical outlook on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 13
Updated Sep. 14

Tropical Storm Humberto finally formed near the Bahamas on Friday and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane Sunday night.

But tracks from the National Hurricane Center also shows the tropical system curving sharply right, away from Florida and the Tampa Bay region. It is projected to churn northeast into the Atlantic, threaten Bermuda by Thursday.

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Humberto’s wind speeds reached 40 mph on Saturday as it moved northwest at about 7 mph. It is also expected to turn north-northwest.

As for the Tampa Bay region, expect a typical sunny-but-wet weekend. The highs will be in the 90s and the lows will reach the 70s and afternoon thundershowers will occur in between. Mariners should be cautious of the wind, however.

The Bahamas, where the toll of Hurricane Dorian is still being assessed, are expected to see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with some isolated areas possibly getting up to 6 inches, according to the weather service. But the threat of strong winds there is decreasing, Hurt said.

The tropical depression was just over 100 miles east of the northwestern Bahamas on Friday. Dorian is now blamed for at least 50 deaths in the Bahamas while another 1,300 are reported missing.

The east coast of Florida shouldn’t completely put Humberto out of its collective mind, however. A tropical storm watch is in effect from Jupiter inlet to the Flagler-Volusia county line.

The Hurricane Center is also watching three other disturbances out in the Atlantic Ocean ―that have low chances of formation over the next few days.

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