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Tropical Storm Humberto forms, expected to move out into Atlantic and away from Florida

A north-northwest turn is expected by Sunday, just as the storm is projected to become a hurricane.
The tropical outlook on Saturday Sept. 14, 2019. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 14
Updated Sep. 14

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

But tracks from the National Hurricane Center show it missing Florida and the Tampa Bay region entirely. The tropical system is projected to curve sharply northeast and move farther out into the Atlantic, threatening Bermuda by Thursday.

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As of 11 a.m., Humberto’s wind speeds reached 50 mph on Saturday as it remained stationary for hours. The turn is expected by Sunday, just as the storm is projected to become a hurricane.

As for the Tampa Bay region, expect a typical summer weekend with plenty of sun, hot temperatures and potential afternoon storms. The highs will be in the 90s and the lows will drop into the 70s. Mariners should be cautious of high winds.

Forecasters said Humberto will turn away from the northwestern Bahamas late Saturday.

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

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 people 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 before the storm moves well away from Florida by early next week.

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

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