Humberto continues to strengthen; Rip current risk to remain high through Tuesday

Humberto continues to strengthen; Rip current risk to remain high through Tuesday
The entire South Carolina coastline faces a high risk of rip currents from Tropical Storm Humberto. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The latest data on Tropical Storm Humberto shows it is approaching hurricane strength and will continue to cause a high risk of rip currents along the Lowcountry coast through Tuesday.

Along with choppier waters, there is a chance of showers along the coastline from the outer bands of the storm.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, the National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds were holding at 70 miles an hour, up from 65 mph as of 11 a.m.

When that intensity reaches 74 mph, it will be reclassified as a Category 1 hurricane. That change is expected as early as Sunday night.

Meteorologist Danielle Prinz said the storm was showing signs of better circulation Sunday morning.

The center of Tropical Storm Humberto was located by reconnaissance aircraft and NOAA Doppler radars near latitude 29.3 North, longitude 78.0 West, about 170 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Humberto is moving toward the north near 6 mph.

A sharp turn to the northeast is forecast to occur Monday morning or afternoon, followed by a motion toward the northeast and east-northeast on Tuesday and Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Humberto will continue to move away from the Bahamas and remain well offshore of the east coast of Florida through Wednesday.

Forecasters expect Humberto to strengthen to Category 2 strength as it heads out into the Atlantic.

Hurricane models remain in more agreement that the storm will make a sharp turn to the east rather than making landfall along the southeastern U.S. coast.

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