Gabrielle Returns, Humberto May Become a Hurricane

By , Senior Meteorologist
September 10, 2013; 10:31 AM ET
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Humberto could become the Atlantic's first hurricane of 2013 just west of the Cape Verde Islands, while Tropical Storm Gabrielle has re-organized near Bermuda.

Tropical Storm Humberto formed in the far eastern Atlantic early on Monday morning following a short-lived Tropical Depression 9.

Meanwhile, what was left of Tropical Storm Gabrielle has re-organized and has once again become a tropical storm, regaining the name of Gabrielle.

Humberto, currently near the Cape Verde Islands off the Africa coast, could become the Atlantic's first hurricane of 2013 later Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Humberto is tracking south of the disruptive wind shear and dry air that has kept this hurricane season relatively quiet thus far.

How strong the system gets will depend on how long it maintains a westward heading. Humberto is forecast to become a hurricane before encountering drier air, disruptive winds and cooler waters.

If Humberto becomes a hurricane by 8:00 a.m. EDT Wednesday, then it will prevent a satellite era record for the formation of the latest first Atlantic hurricane.

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That record, for storms in the satellite era, is currently held by 2002 when Gustav reached hurricane status on Sept. 11, according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Tropical Storm Humberto is expected to curve more to the north, sparing the Caribbean islands from being impacted. The system should not reach the United States.

The greatest impact to land will come over the Cape Verde Islands into Wednesday with locally gusty, drenching squalls and a potential for flash flooding.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic

Early Tuesday morning, what was left of what was once Tropical Storm Gabrielle managed to re-organize, returning to tropical storm status.

When it re-formed, Gabrielle was located 185 miles south of Bermuda, heading northward toward the islands.

Gabrielle is expected to continue this northward track, which will keep away from the United States.

It is unlikely that Gabrielle will develop into a hurricane, but it will still impact Bermuda with gusty, drenching squalls and rough seas for a time.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, a tropical wave set to move into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico later in the week will be monitored for possible development.

The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center will also be watching this tropical wave as it follows in the footsteps of Tropical Depression 8 and Tropical Storm Fernand.

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