MIAMI (AP) — Beachgoers on the southeastern U.S. coast should be wary of potentially dangerous rip currents caused by Tropical Storm Humberto, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.
On Sunday evening, Humberto was 170 miles (270 kilometers) east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and moving north at 6 mph (9 kph). Maximum sustained winds were 70 mph (110 kph).
The U.S. 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 in northeast Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
11 am Sun update…Tropical Storm Humberto continues to strengthen (max winds 65 mph) & is expected to become a hurricane tonight. Humberto is forecast to make a right turn away from the US on Monday, but rough surf & dangerous rip currents is expected along the Southeast coast. pic.twitter.com/68in4EqkDc
— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) September 15, 2019
Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move away from shore at high speed, posing a drowning threat to swimmers.
Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by Sunday night, moving away from land as it strengthens. Additional strengthening is forecast through Wednesday, when the eye of the storm is expected to be out in the open Atlantic.