Humberto maintains strength as it heads north

Hurricane Humberto
Hurricane Humberto
Hurricane Humberto's Projected Path
Hurricane Humberto's Projected Path

MIAMI, FL (WAFB/AP) - Humberto remains a Category 1 hurricane as it treks to the north in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm was located at 20.5 North and 28.7 West, or about 440 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, Thursday morning.

Maximum sustained winds were 85 mph and it was moving north at 14 mph.

Humberto is expected to gradually turn to the northwest and decrease its forward speed later in the day. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast by Saturday.

Forecasters said Humberto is forecast to begin weakening Thursday with a faster rate of strength loss by Saturday.

Humberto became the first hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season after strengthening early Wednesday morning.

Forecasters are also keeping a close eye on shower and thunderstorm activity near the Yucatan Peninsula. They said the storms associated with a broad area of low pressure is currently disorganized.

However, they added surface pressures are falling across the region and the low is expected to enter the Bay of Campeche later Thursday, where environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development.

The disturbance is likely to become a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days as long as it remains far enough offshore. The system has a 60 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next five days while it moves slowly west-northwestward.

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