The Bahamas missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Humberto, which was expected to become a hurricane on Sunday.
Late Sunday, Humberto did strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 120 kmph. The storm was about 1,260 kilometers west of Bermuda and moving northeast at 5 kmph.
As per the U.S. National Hurricane Center, Humberto is likely to bring large swells to the northwestern Bahamas and southeastern U.S. coast for several days.
Along with this, the advisories have issued a warning of high rip current risks through Monday evening at beaches from northeast Florida to North Carolina.
Rip currents are narrow channels of water that move away from shore at high speed, posing a drowning threat to swimmers.
It is expected to become Category Two Hurricane by Tuesday.
The storm is forecast to continue moving away from the Bahamas and remain well offshore of Florida's east coast through Wednesday. The storm will generate swells that will affect the northwestern Bahamas and the US coast from east-central Florida to North Carolina during the next few days. The forecasters also said that the swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.
There was concern about what Humberto would bring to the Bahamas, where hundreds are still missing after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. The death toll currently stands at 50 but search and rescue teams are still searching through destroyed neighborhoods.
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