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The tropics are very active — we are tracking Humberto, Imelda, and Tropical Depression 10.
Hurricane Humberto has picked up strength. It’s now a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and gusts to 120 mph.
It will continue to strengthen through the day. A new Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bermuda, which the storm could impact by overnight Wednesday. In addition, Bermuda has been added to a Hurricane Watch, as hurricane conditions will be possible.
While the latest forecast track takes Bermuda out of the forecast cone, the storm will be passing by very closely. Bermuda may still experience tropical storm force winds even if the storm stays off shore. Hurricane Force winds extend 60 miles outside the center. Tropical storm force winds extend 175 miles outside the center of the storm.
The forecast cone from the National Hurricane Center keeps the center of the storm off the coast of the southeast U.S. heading east further away from the coastline.
Although the center of the storm stays well offshore, the coastlines of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas can expect rough surf and a high risk of rip currents through midweek.
Weather models support this trend, with the storm tracking ENE towards Bermuda. Environmental conditions will support a gradual strengthening.
Humberto is not expected to directly impact the DMV area at this time.
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Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Basin has turned very active this month. Outside of Humberto, there is a newly formed Tropical Depression 10 in the central Tropical Atlantic. There is also a brand new Tropical Depression 11 off the Texas coast that is expected to bring very heavy rain and flooding to southeastern Texas through mid-week.
The next name on the list for named storms in the Atlantic Basin is Imelda.