Days after teasing the east coast of Florida with the possibility of another tropical scare, Humberto strengthened late Sunday night into a hurricane but is moving out to sea.
However, its effects could be felt across the coastal southeastern U.S. through large swells and the possibility of dangerous rip currents, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The third hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, Humberto had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph with higher gusts as of Monday at 5 a.m. and was located about 760 miles west of Bermuda.
It is moving to the northeast at 5 mph, and forecasters say it will continue to strengthen and gradually turn east-northeast, away from the U.S. while approaching Bermuda by Wednesday.
“Humberto will continue to cause rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the Atlantic Coastline over next few days,” said Megan Borowski, a meteorologist with the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network. “But, other than that, the system will have little to no impact on our state.”
Meanwhile, forecasters are monitoring Invest 97L, a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic. But as of now, it is not expected to threaten any land areas.
Information from the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network contributed to this report.