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Tropical Storm Humberto Forms near Cape Verde Islands; Warnings Issued

September 9, 2013

Tropical Storm Humberto has formed in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, near the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa.

Since Humberto will brush the southern Cape Verde Islands, tropical storm warnings have been issued.

Humberto will gather strength the next few days and could become a hurricane by midweek. If this happens, Humberto would be the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2013 season.

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With that said, thanks to the Bermuda-Azores high becoming more of an "Azores high", coupled with a tropical upper-tropospheric trough (TUTT) nosing southwestward from the Mediterranean into the eastern Atlantic, this new tropical storm is likely to turn toward the northwest or north by mid-late week.

Increasingly strong west to southwest winds expected to develop across the central Atlantic Ocean are expected to deflect this system well east of Bermuda next week. It is no threat to the Caribbean Sea or mainland U.S.

We have the latest current and forecast maps below.

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Projected Path

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Projected Path

Projected Path

The latest forecast path and wind speeds from the National Hurricane Center.

 

 

 

 

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Storm Information

Storm Information

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Storm Information

Current Information

So, where exactly is the cyclone's center located now? If you're plotting the storm along with us, click on the "Current Information" map below to get the latitude/longitude coordinates, distance away from the nearest land location, maximum sustained winds and central pressure (measured in millibars).  

 

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How does the system look on satellite imagery. Click on "infrared" satellite imagery, to see how "cold" the cloud tops are. Brighter orange and red shadings concentrated near the center of circulation signify a healthy tropical cyclone.

 

 

 

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Tropical Storm/Hurricane Watches/Warnings

A tropical storm or hurricane watch means tropical storm or hurricane conditions, respectively, are possible in the specified area within 48 hours. A tropical storm or hurricane warning means tropical storm or hurricane conditions, respectively, are expected in the specified area within 36 hours.

 

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