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Humberto Has Strengthened To First Hurricane Of 2013

4:50 AM, Sep 11, 2013   |    comments
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Miami, Fl - Humberto has strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane far out in the Atlantic, becoming the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Humberto's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 75 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the hurricane could gain more strength before a weakening trend likely starts on Thursday.

Humberto is centered about 310 miles west-northwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and is moving north-northwest near 8 mph.

Humberto was upgraded to a hurricane at 5am. The record for the latest forming hurricane is still held by Gustav in 2002. Gustav formed at 8am on this same date. So, Humberto was three hours short of tying the record.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is passing west-southwest of Bermuda, hitting the wealthy British territory with wind, rain and rough surf. Gabrielle has maximum sustained winds near 60 mph.

Associated press

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