ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Tropical Storm Humberto is gaining strength in the far eastern Atlantic, and could become the season's first hurricane later Tuesday, Sept. 10.
At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Humberto was located about 150 miles west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands andmoving west-northwest near 9 mph. A turn toward the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected later Tuesday, followed by a turn toward the north Wednesday.
The government of the Cape Verde Islands has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for the southern Cape Verde Islands. There are currently no watches or warnings in effect.
Maximum Sustained Winds:65 MPH
Present Movement: WNW at 9 MPH
Minimum Central Pressure: 998 MB
The National Hurricane Center forecasts Humberto to continue strengthening and to become a hurricane later today.
If Humberto does not become a hurricane before Wednesday, it would tie a record for the latest formation of the Atlantic season's first hurricane.