Sep 10, 2013 9:43 AM by Stephen Bowers
Tropical Storm Humberto continues to churn in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean Tuesday, but the storm has moved away from the Cape Verde Islands and all tropical storm warnings have been discontinued for the islands.
Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in South Florida say Humberto is strengthening steadily as it becomes better organized, and the storm is expected to continue intensifying and become a hurricane by Tuesday afternoon.
The latest forecast indicates and expected motion toward the northwest and then north through Friday before curving toward the west and into the cool waters of the Atlantic this weekend.
If Humberto does become a hurricane as expected, it will be the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. This year is only the seventh year since 1950 that has gone without a hurricane before September 1. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center told USA Today that if hurricane development does not happen before 8 AM on September 11, the record would be broken for the latest development of a season's first hurricane on record.