Parts of Florida's East Coast Under Tropical Storm 'Humberto' Watch

The National Hurricane Center forecast is calling for System #9 to become Tropical Cyclone Humberto later today or Saturday. Global models suggest that the cyclone could

reach hurricane intensity but by then the system is expected to be over the Atlantic well southeast of the coast of the Carolinas.

“Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine” is moving northwest at 1 mph and is expected to pick up speed. The system has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. At 39 mph, it will be named Tropical Storm Humberto. It has shifted east.

Key Messages from the National Hurricane Center:

1. The system is expected to become a tropical storm and bring

tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall to portions of the

northwestern Bahamas later today and Saturday. Significant storm

surge is not expected in the northwest Bahamas from this system.

Residents there should follow any advice given by local officials.

2. The system could bring tropical-storm-force winds to portions of

the Florida east coast over the weekend. Residents there should

monitor the progress of this system and follow any advice given by

local officials.

3. Heavy rainfall and scattered flash flooding is possible this

weekend in coastal sections of eastern Florida, Georgia, and South

Carolina. Depending on the track of the system, heavy rainfall

could reach eastern North Carolina next week.

4. Note that forecast uncertainty for these disturbances is

generally larger than for tropical cyclones, especially beyond 48-72