Humberto becomes first hurricane of the season; Gabrielle continues to impact Bermuda

Posted at 6:44 AM, Sep 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-11 12:17:26-04

Humberto has now strengthened into our first hurricane of the season. The storm is about 310 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. This system is now moving northwest and will take more of a northerly turn over the next few days.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle continues to impact Bermuda. Gabrielle is moving north and will stay on a generally north track (and off the east coast) for the next several days.

Humberto fell just a few hours short of setting a record for the latest first hurricane to form in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.

Follow the storms with our interactive hurricane tracker
NASA using drones from Wallops Island to study hurricanes

All that it had to do was wait until after 8 a.m. ET, but alas, no. Three hours ahead of that mark, the National Hurricane Center in Miami dubbed it a legitimate storm with sustained winds of a 75 mph, the threshold for a hurricane.

But it’s not likely to cause much of a fuss. Early Wednesday, it was about 310 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, off Africa’s coast. It’s expected to fizzle into a tropical storm over the weekend.

Back in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center said higher-than-average water temperatures were expected to help yield a few more Atlantic hurricanes than usual.

Between 13 and 20 named storms and seven to 11 hurricanes were predicted. Humberto is the eighth named storm of the year and, again, just the first hurricane.

For the Atlantic Ocean, a normal season would produce 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major ones.

There’s still time, if you’re rooting for more hurricanes. Hurricane season, which began on June 1, runs until November 30.

CNN contributed to this report