Atlanta Weather | First Hurricane Of 2013 | News
It is official! We have the first hurricane of the 2013 Hurricane Season. Humberto strengthened to hurricane status early this morning (as of the 5am update), one day after the peak of the season. Humberto also ties a record for the latest hurricane to form in the Atlantic since 1967. Hurricane Gustav formed in the Atlantic on the same day in 2002.
The other storm, Tropical Storm Gabrielle weakened slightly overnight and was gradually moving away from Bermuda.
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Humberto is projected to attain top winds of 90 mph as it aims north in the Atlantic over the next two days. Then it is predicted to turn west and begin weakening in cooler waters by Friday.
Following its brush with Bermuda, Gabrielle is forecast to curve northeast and skirt Nova Scotia, Canada, potentially still as a tropical storm, on Friday.
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Neither Humberto or Gabrielle is expected to affect the U.S. or Gulf Coastlines.
The National Hurricane Center also is monitoring a disturbance in the western Caribbean near Mexico's Yucatan, giving it a low chance of developing over the next two days and a high chance of developing over the next five days. That system could spin up into a storm in the Bay of Campeche and threaten Mexico in the next few days.
The next tropical storm will be named Ingrid.