Humberto 'could become major hurricane' in a few days
Weather forecasters say Hurricane Humberto will lash island nation of Bermuda with high winds and heavy rain later this week.
The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday (local time) that Humberto could become a major hurricane by Tuesday night, bringing with it the likelihood of tropical-storm-force winds to Bermuda on Wednesday, with heavy rain beginning Thursday.
Swells generated by Humberto will roil the northwestern Bahamas coast as well as the southeastern US Atlantic coast from central Florida to North Carolina over the next few days.
Such swells could pose life-threatening surf and rip current conditions to swimmers and surfers.
The hurricane center said at 11am EDT that the centre of the storm is about 1145 kilometers west of Bermuda and is moving east-northeast at 11km/h, with maximum sustain winds of 140km/h.
Beachgoers on the southeastern US coast should be wary of potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Hurricane Humberto, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.
Late that evening, Humberto strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane. By early Monday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 137km/h.
The storm was about 1223 kilometres west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 8km/h.
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