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Hurricane Humberto Reviewed

September 20, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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Hurricane Humberto, the first hurricane of the season, was a long-lived storm that swiped the Cape Verde Islands before stirring up Atlantic waters.

On September 8, Tropical Depression Nine formed off the west coast of Africa, southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. Rain bands were already over the southern Cape Verde Islands several hours after its initial formation, prompting the issuance of a tropical storm warning. Conditions were favorable for the storm to strengthen and early on September 9, it was upgraded to Tropical Storm Humberto. In the evening hours of September 9, Tropical Storm Humberto continued to strengthen, but the warning for the Cape Verde Islands was discontinued as the system moved west.

Tropical Storm Humberto was upgraded to Hurricane Humberto at 5 a.m. EDT on September 11. It continued to strengthen as it moved northwestward, reaching maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. On September 13, Humberto was downgraded to a tropical storm and then to a post-tropical cyclone on September 14, and then back to a tropical storm on September 16. Eventually, Tropical Storm Humberto was absorbed by a large extratropical cyclone and dissipated on September 19.

Although Hurricane Humberto never made landfall, its strength was noteworthy. With wind speeds clocked in at 85 mph and rainfall rates measured up to 2 inches per hour, Humberto would have made a significant impact if it were to have made landfall. Being the first hurricane of the season, Humberto was well behind schedule, with the first hurricane typically forming on August 10. The last occurrence of Hurricane Humberto was in 2007, when the extremely fast-developing storm made landfall on the Gulf Coast, killing one person in Texas and causing several million dollars of damage.

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