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Worst of Humberto to steer east of Bahamas, US; surf may be dangerous

Alex Sosnowski

Since Humberto formed so far to the east, impact on the Bahamas and the United States will be minuscule when compared to that of Dorian.

As of 11 p.m. EDT Sunday, Hurricane Humberto was located about 785 miles west of Bermuda and was moving toward the northeast at 3 mph. Maximum sustained winds were near 75 mph with higher gusts.

This satellite image from Sunday morning shows Humberto swirling north of the Bahamas.(Image/NOAA)

AccuWeather meteorologists expect Humberto to take a curved path to the northeast early this week, which will keep the center well off the Southeast coast.

The majority of the showers, thunderstorms and strongest winds associated with Humberto were skewed to the north and east of the center over the weekend.

This largely spared the areas of the northern Bahamas that were hardest hit by Dorian from Humberto's worst wind and rain.

As a result, the AccuWeather RealImpact™ Scale is less than one for the northern Bahamas.

How will Humberto impact the US?

The main threat from Humberto on the U.S. will be from rough surf and frequent and dangerous rip currents outside of the Intercoastal Waterway early this week.

Humberto's distant circulation may assist in drawing some cooler and less humid air down along the Eastern seaboard and Appalachians by midweek.

At some point, a non-tropical storm may attempt to pull Humberto closer to the Atlantic coast of the U.S. later in the week, but the system may never get closer than a few hundred miles to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Humberto likely to pass near Bermuda

Humberto may be a threat to Bermuda as a hurricane and possibly a major hurricane from Wednesday to Thursday.

Any shift in the storm track early this week can affect the magnitude and scope of impacts to Bermuda. Thus, interests on the islands should review their plan of action for a hurricane at this early stage.

Could Humberto swing toward Atlantic Canada?

As far as any impact on southeastern Canada from Humberto during the upcoming weekend, it is too early to say with any confidence. However, the risk is lower than it was from this past week since Humberto formed farther to the east in the first place.

System in Gulf bears watching

Meanwhile, as far as any other immediate tropical threats on the U.S., the non-tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico, which played a role in limiting Humberto's formation and path early on, has the potential to transform into a tropical system before drifting onshore along the Texas coast on Monday or Tuesday.

There are other areas over the tropical Atlantic being monitored for development as well.

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