Hurricane Humberto continues to slowly gather strength as it moves toward Bermuda and could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Humberto was located about 570 miles west of Bermuda, moving east-northeast at 8 miles per hour. A gradual increase in forward speed is expected through early Thursday, with the hurricane expected to approach Bermuda Wednesday night.
Humberto had maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour, with hurricane-force winds extending outward up to 30 miles from the center and tropical-storm force winds stretching up to 150 miles. Some strengthening is expected during the next 36 hours, according to the hurricane center.
Humberto may bring periods of heavy rain to Bermuda beginning Tuesday, with 1 to 3 inches expected. Large swells generated by the hurricane will increase along the coast of Bermuda by Wednesday.
Swells also will affect the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern coast of the United States from east-central Florida to North Carolina during the next couple of days, bringing the risk of rip currents.
In the Gulf of Mexico, shower activity associated with a broad area of low pressure has become more concentrated the past few hours, the hurricane center says. Some slight development is possible before the system moves inland along the northwestern Gulf coast Tuesday night. Heavy rain and possible flash flooding are expected along portions of the central and upper Texas coastal areas later this week.
Elsewhere, a small low pressure system 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms. Conditions remain favorable for the formation of a tropical depression during the next day or so while the system moves slowly northwestward to west-northwestward.
2019 Tampa Bay Times Hurricane Guide
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