Humberto strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday evening as it makes its way east across the Atlantic Ocean, according to CNN. It is not predicted to make landfall in the U.S.
However, the National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm could create dangerous rip-currents from central-east Florida up the coast through North Carolina this week. The storm will also likely affect Bermuda with swells and heavy rains.
#Hurricane #Humberto is strengthening and is forecast to be near Bermuda late Wednesday or early Thursday. Interests in Bermuda should be closely monitoring the progress of this system. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/qdhmUtYMnd— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2019
The National Hurricane Center advised that the hurricane would be close to Bermuda on late Wednesday or early Thursday. Those who are traveling to or from the area should keep a close eye on the storm and monitor beach forecasts.
#Humberto is forecast to strengthen and will likely generate— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 14, 2019
high surf and rip currents along the coast of the southeast U.S. and the northwestern Bahamas during the next few days. In the U.S. go to https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN for local beach forecasts and potential hazard info. pic.twitter.com/tM6NOrNVXA
According to The Weather Channel, those who are on beaches in Bermuda or the southeastern U.S. this week should pay attention to high surf caused by the storm (which causes higher threat of drowning).
The Bahamas felt the impact of the storm over the weekend with winds around 70 miles per hour. The islands are still recovering from Hurricane Dorian (with at least 1,300 people still missing at the end of last week) and experienced heavy rain as the storm passed — however, the brunt of the storm did not hit the Bahamas as it was worried might happen, according to CNN.
There is another storm forming in the Atlantic that could strengthen into a hurricane by Friday, CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy said. The storm could affect Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.