COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Tropical Depression Nine has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto.
· Tropical Storm Humberto churns near the Bahamas.
· The system is expected to strengthen into a hurricane early next week.
· At this time, Humberto is expected to remain off the Southeast U.S. coast this weekend into early next week without making landfall.
· Heads up! There will be a high threat of rip currents and high surf along South Carolina beaches this weekend into next week.
11 PM UPDATE:
Tropical Storm Humberto
Winds: 40 mph
Moving: NW at 6 mph
Pressure: 1008 mb
Location: 130 miles ESE of the Great Abaco Island
We’re keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Humberto. At 11 p.m. Friday, the Humberto had sustained winds at 40 mph. The storm was moving northwest at 6 mph. It was located about 130 miles east-southeast of the Great Abaco Island.
Humberto is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane early next week.
Based on the current forecast track, the storm is expected to travel north parallel to the east coast of Florida. By early next week, the storm is expected to make a turn to the east and away from the U.S. as an upper-level trough pushes the storm in that direction.
While the storm is not expected to make landfall in the U.S. at this time, some tropical-storm-force winds could still impact parts of the eastern Midlands and along the South Carolina coast late Sunday into Monday.
Also, Humberto will create a swell in the Atlantic Ocean as it continues to churn. As a result, be careful at the beach. Humberto will cause a high threat of rip currents and high surf at beaches up and down the South Carolina coast this weekend into next week.
Stay with your WIS First Alert Weather Team for further updates.