Humberto is a hurricane; Gabrielle brushes Bermuda

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Tropical Storm Humberto, 5 a.m. Wednesday

OUTLOOK: Humberto has become this season's first hurricane.  The storm remains over the open water of the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. Humberto reached hurricane strength one day after the peak of hurricane season and becomes the second-latest system to surface since 1967, behind Hurricane Gustav in 2002.

Meanwhile, a resurrected Tropical Storm Gabrielle weakened slightly overnight and was gradually moving away from Bermuda.

WHAT FLORIDA CAN EXPECT: Neither Humberto nor Gabrielle is expected to affect Florida or the U.S. coastline.

PARTICULARS: Humberto is projected to attain top winds of 90 mph as it aims north in the Atlantic over the next two days. Then it is predicted to turn west and begin weakening in cooler waters by Friday.

LOCATION: 310 miles northwest of the Cape Verde Islands

STRENGTH: 75 mph maximum sustained winds

MOVEMENT: Northwest at 8 mph

OTHER SYSTEMS: At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Tropical Storm Gabrielle was about 55 miles northwest of Bermuda with sustained winds of 50 mph and moving northwest at 8 mph.

Follwing its brush with Bermuda, Gabrielle is forecast to curve northeast and skirt Nova Scotia, Canada, potentially still as a tropical storm, on Friday.

The National Hurricane Center also is monitoring a disturbance in the western Caribbean near Mexico's Yucatan, giving it a low chance of developing over the next two days and a high chance of developing over the next five days. That system could spin up into a storm in the Bay of Campeche and threaten Mexico in the next few days.

The next tropical storm will be named Ingrid.

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