Hurricane Humberto Likely to Intensify Tuesday

Late Sunday night, Humberto was upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane, making it the third hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. As of late Monday Evening, Humberto was a strong Category 1 storm, possessing 90 mile per hour winds, and was located about 625 miles west of Bermuda. The storm, appearing increasingly ominous on satellite imagery, is spreading clouds and a bit of a higher surf toward the coastal Carolinas, but, fortunately, the impacts on the United States will be minimal altogether.

With warm waters ahead of it and relatively favorable atmospheric conditions expected the next few days, it's likely Humberto will strengthen in the next 24 hours, likely reaching Category 2 status sometime Tuesday, and may flirt with Category 3 status in the next few days.

Those in Bermuda have been watching forecasts closely for days, as there's been some degree of threat to that island from Humberto. Fortunately, there has been a general shift to the north in the forecast track of Humberto, and while it's still premature to sound the all clear for folks in Bermuda, the trend is a promising one.

No impacts on land are expected elsewhere, as Humberto is likely to remain over the open waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

Interestingly, this is the fifth storm named Humberto in recorded history. The name Humberto replaced Hugo which was retired following the 1989 hurricane season. Of the four previous storms named Humberto, every single one achieved hurricane status. In 1995 and 2001, Humberto reached Category 2 status, while the 2007 and 2013 Humberto systems were Category 1 storms. The 2007 storm, however, was a deadly one, and the only to strike the United States. That storm killed one person in Texas and caused nearly $50 million in damage.