Hurricane Humberto turns away from Jacksonville, leaves rip currents and high surf

Time for a growth spurt and a turn away from Jacksonville

By Mark Collins - Meteorologist, Roxy Tyler - Web producer, Richard Nunn - Meteorologist, Rebecca Barry - Meteorologist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Humberto is likely to continue intensifying during the next day or so while it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf stream, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 5 p.m advisory.

The category 1 storm is moving away from Jacksonville's coast at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The first coast will see a high risk of rip current and high surf through Tuesday as Humberto moves off the Atlantic coastline.

Humberto is looking like a prime teenager ready to become an adult. It is getting stronger feeding off warm water and reduced shear and it shows in its satellite appearance looking more like a hurricane.

Further strengthening is expected during the next few days. Humberto is forecast to reach major hurricane strength early Wednesday.

A shift east away from Florida Monday will drag in dry air. It is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 by Tuesday and keep large waves along the Northeast Florida coast all week.

Forecasters expect the storm to stay offshore of Florida's eastern coast, so a tropical storm watch is no longer in effect for the state.

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