ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Beachgoers on the southeastern U.S. coast are being warned to watch for potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Hurricane Humberto, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Humberto strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday. The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph (137 kph) as of Monday morning. Humberto was located about 760 miles (1,223 kilometers) west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 5 mph (8 kph).
Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King said Humberto could bring large swells to the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern U.S. coast for several days.
"Humberto is moving away from Florida and will continue intensifying over the next couple of days. Winds will be near 110 mph by midweek as the storm becomes a strong Category 2. Humberto will keep our local surf zone dangerous with large breaking waves and deadly rip currents."
The National Weather Service issued advisories warning of high rip current risks through Monday evening at beaches from northeast Florida to North Carolina.
Humberto is forecast to strengthen through Wednesday, when the eye of the storm is expected to be out in the open Atlantic.
Meanwhile, the NHC is keeping an eye on two additional systems brewing out in the waters.
An area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico has a low 10-percent chance of development before it moves inland along the northwestern Gulf coast on Monday night or Tuesday. Regardless, heavy rainfall along portions of Texas coast are forecast for later this week.
An area of low pressure over the central tropical Atlantic has a 50-percent chance of development over the next 2 days and an 80-percent chance over the next five. The NHC predicts that a tropical depression is likely to form within the next two to three days while the system moves slowly
west-northwestward to northwestward.