Tropical Storm Humberto forms near the Bahamas


SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Tropical Depression Nine is now Tropical Storm Humberto. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40mph.

As of 11 p.m, the tropical storm is moving to the NW at 6mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph. Tropical Storm force winds start at 39 mph. Right now, Tropical Depression nine is about 225 miles ESE of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island.

There are key differences in the 8 p.m. updated track and forecast.

The first is that the track has shifted even more to the east. The entire Coastal Empire and Lowcountry area is out of the cone. That doesn’t mean we are completely out of the clear. We could have a storm move up on the western side of the cone and bring us some storm impacts.

The storm system will continue to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas tonight, and then north parallel to the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night. This is what we are going to be closely watching for. The more west it tracks, the closer it could be for us and we will see more impacts.

For now, there are only Tropical Storm Warnings and Watches over the Bahamas and parts of Florida.

So here is what we could see… it’s looking more like scenario 2 where the storm system stays farther offshore. This means little impact to our area.

If we were to have any impacts, our main threats would be gusty wind and heavy rain. Impacts would move in Sunday into Monday.

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