Hurricane: Humberto Gathers Strength

Although it is not yet a hurricane, Humberto is gathering strength. The tropical storm may become the first hurricane of the 2013 season. Humberto is currently located off the Cape Verde Islands.

The islands are being hit with heavy rain and high wind gusts. However, the damage is reportedly minimal at this time.

The National Hurricane Forecast Center estimates there is a 60 percent chance that Humberto will become a hurricane by the end of the week.

As reported by NBC News, several advisories were issued along the Florida coast. The advisories include Tropical Storm Humberto and Tropical Storm Gabrielle.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle was previously downgraded. However, the storm is now gaining strength south of Bermuda.

The 2013 hurricane season has been unusually quiet. The season begins on June 1 and ends on November 30. Historically, hurricanes usually begin forming by August 10.

The latest recorded hurricane was on September 16, 1941. However, that hurricane may lose the designation this year.

There are only two years with no reported hurricanes — 1907 and 1914.

The name Hurricane Humberto was used during three previous season. In 1995, 2001, and 2007, tropical storms named Humberto strengthened into hurricanes.

This year’s Humberto may get the same designation. Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski explains that fewer disruptive winds will allow the storm to grow throughout the week.

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Kottlowski expects the storm to weaken at the end of the week, as it will likely encounter “drier air and more disruptive winds.”

The storm is not expected to impact land, as it is forecast to follow a northern path over the Atlantic Ocean.

Meteorologists Kristina Pydynowski says the Cape Verde Islands will experience the most impact from the storm. She says residents should expect gusty winds, heavy rains, and high seas, for the next few days.

If designated as a hurricane, Humberto will be the first this year. It may also make history as one of the latest recorded hurricanes in history.