As Hurricane Humberto slowly moves away from the southeastern coast of the United States, the National Hurricane Center is warning Florida beachgoers to be aware of potentially dangerous rip currents.
The National Weather Service issued advisories warning of high rip current risks through Monday evening at beaches from northeast Florida to North Carolina.
Rip currents are narrow channels of fast-moving water that can pose a drowning threat to swimmers.
Humberto strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane late Sunday night with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. Strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours, and Humberto could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
The storm was located about 670 miles west of Bermuda late Monday and moving east-northeast at 7 mph. Its maximum sustained winds had strengthened to 90 mph.
The hurricane is expected to turn toward the east-northeast. It was forecast to slowly pick up speed as it approaches Bermuda. By Wednesday night, the center of Humberto is forecast to approach Bermuda.
The hurricane will bring large swells to the the southeastern U.S. coastline for the next several days, according to the hurricane center.
Meanwhile, an elongated trough extending across the central and western Gulf of Mexico will become a broad low pressure center over the northwest Gulf later Monday, before moving inland over Texas in the evening. Weak high pressure will build over the north central Gulf through mid week, before dissipating later in the week ahead of a weak cold front moving across the eastern Gulf.
In the central tropical Atlantic, showers and thunderstorms increased Sunday night in association with an area of low pressure. Gradual development is expected, and a tropical depression is likely to form within the next two to three days while the system moves slowly toward the west-northwest.
2019 Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide
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