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Tropical storm Gabrielle heads for Bermuda: forecasters
by Staff Writers
Miami, Florida (AFP) Sept 10, 2013


Tropical storm Humberto forms in Atlantic
Miami, Florida (AFP) Sept 09, 2013 - Tropical storm Humberto has formed in the Atlantic and could turn into a hurricane in the coming days, US forecasters said Monday.

The storm was situated south of the Cape Verde islands with maximum sustained winds near 45 miles per hour (75 kilometers per hour), the National Hurricane Center said in an update at 1500 GMT.

"Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours and Humberto is expected to become a hurricane over the next couple of days," the Miami-based center said.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the southern Cape Verde islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

Humberto was moving toward the west at about 12 miles per hour. On Tuesday, it was expected to turn toward the west-northwest and slow down slightly.

The center of Humberto will remain south and west of the Cape Verde Islands, the forecasters said.

The six-month Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, with the beginning of August kicking off its most intense period.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that this season would see 13 to 19 named storms, including six to nine hurricanes of which three to five could be major ones.

Bermuda braced for a close encounter with tropical storm Gabrielle, on track to hit or pass closely by the popular vacation spot by early Wednesday, US forecasters said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Humberto, churning in the Atlantic west of the Cape Verde Islands, was expected to gain hurricane force within hours, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Packing maximum sustained winds near 65 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), Humberto was about 220 miles (355 kilometers) west of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next day or two and Humberto should become a hurricane later today or tonight," the Miami-based forecasters said in an update at 1500 GMT.

The system was expected to turn toward the northwest later Tuesday, followed by a sharp northward turn, coupled with a pickup in forward speed, by late Wednesday.

However, no coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Gabrielle, with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, was some 120 miles south of Bermuda, according to another 1500 GMT update from the National Hurricane Center.

"Gabrielle is expected to pass over or near Bermuda tonight and early Wednesday," the forecasters said.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours."

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda, which could see up to seven inches (18 centimeters) of rainfall and storm surges of two to three feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) above normal levels.

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