5 p.m. update:Hurricane Humberto has continued to strengthen while moving away from our coast. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Bermuda.
5 a.m. update: Humberto remains a category 1 hurricane with winds of 85 mph that's continuing to strengthen. It is currently moving away from the U.S. east coast and is about 760 miles west of Bermuda. Humberto is moving northeast at 5 mph.
Hurricane Humberto is moving away from the U.S. this morning and is forecast to be near Bermuda early Thursday. High surf and rip currents will continue at our local beaches today.
10:50 p.m. update: Humberto becomes a hurricane.
5 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto is almost at hurricane strength. The storm is at its closest approach to Jacksonville.
11 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto strengthening and expected to become a hurricane by tonight.
5 a.m. update: No major changes in the forecast for our local area. Tropical Storm Humberto remains about 225 miles east of Jacksonville at the closest approach.
11 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto is slowly strengthening and is expected to near hurricane strength Sunday morning.
5 p.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to become a category 1 hurricane by late Sunday night or early Monday as it starts moving out to sea.
Watch latest update below from First Alert Weather Meteorologist Corey Simma:
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is currently located about 70 miles north of Great Abaco Island. It is moving NNW at 7 mph. It will be about 200 miles off the coast of Florida.
11:00 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto has not moved in the last couple of hours but has strengthened to 50 mph winds. Expected to strengthen to a CAT 1 Hurricane about 230 miles east of Jacksonville on Sunday.
5 a.m. update: Tropical Storm Humberto another 15 to 20 miles east of Jacksonville. Impacts for the area will include breezy weekend with showers increasing Sunday and dangerous rip currents and surf at the beaches.
10:50 p.m. update: Tropical depression upgraded to Tropical Storm Humberto
5 p.m. update: The tropical disturbance near the Bahamas has become tropical depression No. 9. The forecast track continues to shift east with few impacts for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia despite the system intensifying through early next week. There will be dangerous surf at our beaches.
2 p.m. update: No significant changes to the 2 p.m. advisory. Meterologist Garrett Bedenbaugh says the storm is getting better organized though.
11 a.m. update: The newest track shows the tropical disturbance shifting east again. It could become a tropical depression later today.
A tropical disturbance is over the central and southern Bahamas. It is forecast to gradually organize Friday or Saturday as it slowly makes its way north.
The system is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm by Saturday and will be called Humberto.
The First Alert Weather team is also tracking two more tropical waves out in the Atlantic basin that have the potential for some development next week.
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