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Humberto becomes first hurricane of Atlantic season

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    Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 7:21 AM -

    Humberto has strengthened to become the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, but remains far from land. 

    There are currently no coastal watches or warnings in place.

    According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the Category 1 hurricane could gain more strength before a weakening trend begins on Thursday. 

    The storm is centred about 500 km northwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.

    Humberto is the second latest first hurricane of the Atlantic season, coming in behind Hurricane Gustav, which also formed on September 11 in 2002.

    Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Gabrielle is bringing heavy rain, wind and rough surf to Bermuda and could affect parts of Atlantic Canada later this week. 

    Although it's been a relatively quiet Atlantic hurricane season, it's important to stay prepared and keep your guard up. 

    "It only takes one storm to make a season memorable. There's still plenty of time left in Atlantic Hurricane Season, and damaging storms can happen at any point between now and late October," says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

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