Humberto strengthens to Category 1 hurricane

The National Hurricane Center said Humberto will bring large swells to the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern U.S. coast for several days.
Hurricane Humberto
Hurricane Humberto churns on Sept. 16, 2019.NOAA

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By Associated Press

MIAMI — Beachgoers on the southeastern U.S. coast should be wary of potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Hurricane Humberto, the National Hurricane Center said late Sunday.

That's when Humberto strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm was about 785 miles west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 3 mph.

The National Hurricane Center said Humberto will bring large swells to the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern U.S. coast for several days.

The National Weather Service issued advisories warning of high rip current risks through Monday evening at beaches from northeast Florida to North Carolina.

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Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move away from shore at high speed, posing a drowning threat to swimmers.

Additional strengthening is forecast through Wednesday, when the eye of the storm is expected to be out in the open Atlantic.