Late Friday, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the ninth tropical depression of the 2019 Atlantic season to Tropical Storm Humberto.
The system strengthened through the day, with maximum winds up to 60 mph with the 11 p.m. update.
Humberto will move away from the Bahamas over the next day or so to spare the worse impacts of the storm from areas that don’t need anymore rain or wind. The storm is expected to become a hurricane by early next week, but it’s also expected to begin curving away from the southeastern coast of the United States.
At this point, it does NOT look like Humberto will have any direct impact on the weather in central North Carolina, or even along the coast. Dangerous rip currents will be possible next week as the storm picks up speed and races out into the Atlantic Ocean.
The CBS 17 Storm Team will continue monitoring the tropics for the potential development of any other systems.
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