Tropical Storm Humberto to skirt Bahamas, then become hurricane far off coast of Florida


Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to skirt the Bahamas, then become a hurricane as it travels far off the coast of Florida, according to forecasters.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm won’t strengthen into a hurricane until Sunday night when it makes a northeast turn out to sea.

The Bahamas, already rocked by previous storms, remains on alert for possible changes, however and said the current system will still affect the entire island.

“As previous storms have taught us, things change very quickly,” he said. “We want residents to take it seriously,” Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, said.

Although the system will be further out to sea than Hurricane Dorian, the National Hurricane Center said swells are still likely to occur from east-central Florida to South Carolina late in the weekend into early next week.

As of early Saturday evening, Humberto was packing winds of 50 mph as it traveled near Great Abaco Island.

Over 40 people died in Abaco from the powerful Hurricane Dorian, while over 1,300 people are still missing.

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