Humberto set to become major hurricane by Wednesday, dry air for Central Florida

As Hurricane Humberto strengthens and moves away from the United States, dry air will filter into Central Florida.

Expect northerly winds, sunny skies, and above-average temperatures in the mid-90s on Tuesday.

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As of 5:00 a.m., Humberto is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm is moving east northeast at 8 mph, and is expected to pick up forward speed according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).



The storm is also expected to strengthen, becoming a Major Category 3 hurricane by 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, according to the latest NHC track.

Humberto will approach Bermuda by Wednesday night. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda. This means tropical storm conditions, (winds of 39 mph and above) are possible within 48 hours.

Humberto is a large storm.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the center of circulation, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles. Large swells generated by Humberto will effect the Bahamas, as well as the Southeast U.S., from east-central Florida to North Carolina for the next couple of days.

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Life-threatening surf and rip current conditions are possible.

A small low pressure system located about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

The system is moving slowly northwestward and has a 90% chance of development in the next 5 days.

The next tropical storm will be called Imelda.


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