As of 5am Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Humberto to Hurricane Humberto. Humberto is the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic season. Here are the latest stats:
Humberto -- at this time -- does not pose a threat to the United States or Texas Coastline.
For more information and to get coordinates to track Humberto in your 2013 Hurricane Tracking Chart, visit The National Hurricane Center.
Wednesday Morning Update -- Hurricane Humberto
Max Sustained Winds: 75mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 992mb
Location: 16.0N 28.93W
Movement: NNW 8mph
As anticipated Humberto becomes the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. Humberto is the 2nd latest "1st Hurricane of the season" to form. Humberto was just hours shy of breaking the record set by Gustav in 2002.
Humberto is not expected to make landfall and eventually begin the weakening trend by Thursday.
Monday Evening Update -- Tropical Storm Humberto
Max Sustained Winds: 50mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 1002mb
Location: 13.7N 25.3W
Movement: W 13mph
As expected, Tropical Storm Humberto is gaining a bit of strength as it continues to move a bit further into the Atlantic / away from Africa. According to the official forecast, put out by the National Hurricane Center, Humberto could become a hurricane by Tuesday afternoon. If Humberto remains a tropical storm through Wednesday, this season will tie for the latest development of a hurricane in a year on record.
As of this evening, tropical storm force winds can be felt up to 70 miles from the center of Humberto's circulation. Additional strengthening is expected, which could help bring on hurricane status by Tuesday.
2-4 inches of rain, with isolated areas of 6 inches, can be expected over the Cape Verde Islands off the West Coast of Africa. This could produce life-threatening flooding for residents there. Good news is that this storm is starting to move away from the islands.
Even though Humberto could be significant to this hurricane season -- being the first name hurricane, possibly -- there is no concern to Texas or the Brazos Valley at this time (or for some time).
Monday Morning Update -- Tropical Storm Humberto
Max Sustained Winds: 40mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 1005mb
Location: 13.4N 23.3W
Movement: W 12mph
Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to continue in a West-Northwest direction with an eventual decrease in forward speed. Humberto has the potential to become a hurricane as early as Wednesday. Humberto is not anticipated to impact on the United States, Texas or the Brazos Valley.
Tropical Storm force winds extend 60 miles out from the center of circulation.