MIAMI (AP) -- A tropical depression formed Friday north-northeast of Puerto Rico and is expected to become Tropical Storm Humberto by Saturday, hurricane forecasters said.
The storm would most likely curve to the north, remaining clear of the U.S. East Coast, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami indicated.
At 11 p.m., the depression was centered near 27.0 north latitude, 65.9 west longitude, or about 380 miles south-southwest of Bermuda. It was moving northwest at near 13 mph and was expected to keep that course and speed into Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds were estimated at near 30 mph, with higher gusts.
Tropical depressions become tropical storms, and get a name, if their sustained winds reach 39 mph. Humberto would be the season's eighth named storm. Storms become hurricanes at 74 mph.
An Air Force weather reconnaissance aircraft was flying out to inspect the system Saturday.
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