Humberto moves away from NC, two other systems form


Hurricane Humberto strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Tuesday as it continues to move away from the East Coast. The storm now has winds of 115 mph.

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. The latest NHC forecast track shows the storm remaining a Category 3 storm Wednesday.

After it travels just north of 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 the two newest tropical systems of the Atlantic season — Tropical Depression #11 formed Tuesday and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Imelda Tuesday afternoon just off the coast of Texas. It was then downgraded to a tropical depression again Tuesday night.

No matter the name or category, Imelda will bring heavy rainfall and flooding to southeast Texas, including the Houston metro area. It will track slowly inland the rest of the week.

Farther out in the Atlantic, we’re also tracking the Tropical Depression #10. The storm is still over a thousand miles to the east of the Leeward Islands (the chain that marks the entrance to the Caribbean).

The National Hurricane Center anticipates this will become Tropical Storm Jerry late Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s unlikely to impact land for the next few days as it tracks to the west-northwest.

The extended NHC outlook shows it becoming a hurricane by the end of the week. Keep in mind, the “cone of uncertainty” on either side of the track is based on historical errors, NOT on the forecast model data for this particular storm. The long-range data is still muddled on this system’s future — we’ll be watching it carefully over the next several days.

The CBS 17 Storm Team will have you covered through the rest of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

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