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Tropical Storm Humberto strengthening into Atlantic hurricane, NWS advises

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Tropical Storm Humberto is moving west across the Atlantic and is expected by the National Hurricane Center to become the first full-fledged Atlantic hurricane in 2013, potentially becoming a hurricane by Tuesday. On Monday, Tropical Storm Humberto lashed the southern Cape Verde Islands, a nation of small rocky isles with a population of about 531,000 with rain and gusty winds, according to a Sept. 9, 2013, Reuters report.

As of Sept. 10, 2013, the National Hurricane Center reports that Tropical Storm Humberto is strengthening and expected to become a hurricane.

“MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/H... WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND HUMBERTO IS FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE ON TUESDAY.”

Tropical Storm Humberto is moving away from the Cape Verde Islands across the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 km/h) and is strengthening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Humberto is moving west-north-west gaining winds and speed as it crosses the Atlantic.

By early Wednesday, Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to have strengthened into an Atlantic hurricane having reached sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

If the name Tropical Storm Humberto is any indication, all three “Humbertos” turned into hurricanes in 1995, 2001, and 2007. In 2007, “Humberto” went from a tropical depression to a hurricane in just 19 hours.

Before being called Tropical Storm Humberto, the “H” used to be “Hugo.” After Hurricane Hugo tore through the Carolinas in 1989, however, “Hugo” was replaced with “Humberto” on the six-year rotating list of Atlantic storm names.

According to the latest update by the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Humberto “is still strengthening.”

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