Hurricane Humberto strengthen Monday, but it also continues to move away from the east coast. Monday night, the National Hurricane Center still shows it as a strong Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph sustained winds. Humberto continues to move away from the east coast, although it was about 300 miles off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
The forecast track from the National Hurricane Center shows Humberto remaining on a generally easterly path over the next 48 hours, accelerating toward Bermuda by Wednesday night. It could become a Category 3 storm Wednesday with 115 mph winds.
After its encounter with Bermuda, Humberto will move over the cooler water of the North Atlantic, and will merge with a larger storm system to become “post-tropical” by the end of the week.
The CBS 17 Storm Team will continue to close monitor Humberto over the next several days, but the storm will NOT have any direct impact on central North Carolina’s weather.
We’re also watching two other areas for potential tropical development. One cluster of storms in the Gulf of Mexico has a very low chance of becoming a tropical depression as it tracks toward the Texas coast.
Another area of disturbed weather farther out in the Atlantic has a better chance of becoming at least a tropical depression over the next five days, as it moves to the west-northwest. If it becomes a tropical storm, the next name on the list is “Imelda”. Even if it does strengthen, it’s unlikely to impact land for the next several days.
The CBS 17 Storm Team will have you covered through the rest of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.