Tracking the Tropics: Humberto becomes first hurricane of the season
Meteorologist Jamie Kagol
Humberto became the first hurricane of the season Early Wednesday, and now has winds of 85 mph. and slowly strengthening.
Humberto is moving to the north at 12 mph with a falling central pressure of 989 mb or 29.21".
On the forecast track, Humberto will continue moving north with an increase in forward speed over the next two days.
Eventually the storm will make a turn to the west remaining in the open waters of the Atlantic.
Humberto will continue to strengthen today and Thursday, afterwhich the storm will begin to weaken as it encounters drier air..
On a historical note, the latest formation of the season's first hurricane was Gustav at 8am ET September 11, 2002.
The National Hurricane Center always performs a post-storm analysis, so we may not know the specifics of Humberto's development for a while, but unofficially Humberto became a hurricane at 5am this morning making it the second latest first hurricane formation for the Atlantic Basin.
Tropical Storm Gabrielle is located 65 miles west-northwest of Bermuda and is moving to the west at 3 mph.
A slow motion to the northwest is expected to develop later today and tonight.
The storm will make a gradual turn to the north-northeast with an increase in forward speed.
Gabrielle's maximum sustained winds are 45 mph and tropical storm force winds extend 105 miles from the center of the storm.
On the forecast track, Gabrielle will start to move to the northeast Thursday evening eventually moving by Nova Scotia, Canada on Friday as a tropical storm.
A trough of low pressure along the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize is still disorganized as it moves over land today.
On Thursday it is forecast to enter the Bay of Campeche where some development is possible becoming a tropical depression over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico.
This system has a medium chance (40%) of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours and a high chance (70%) during the next 5 days.
Finally, there is a broad area of low pressure about 700 miles east of the Leeward Islands that is moving slowly to the west.
This disturbance has a low chance (10%) of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next 5 days.
None of these systems pose any threat to SWFL.