A Look at the Development of Hurricane Humberto

Thursday, September 13th 2007, 6:17 pm
By: News On 6

Hurricane Humberto grew faster than any storm on record from tropical depression to full-scale hurricane landfall. Below are key events in its 16-hour development.

-- Saturday: The system that eventually became Humberto was a disorganized collection of showers and thunderstorms stretching from Cuba west over the southern Gulf of Mexico.

-- 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday: The system organized into a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. Its center was about 85 miles off the Texas coast, and it was already dropping rain on that state and Louisiana.

-- 2 p.m. Wednesday: The depression strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto with winds of 45 mph, 6 mph above the limit to be named. Its center was about 70 miles off the coast.

-- 1:15 a.m. Thursday: Humberto strengthened into a hurricane with winds of 80 mph. Its center was about 15 miles offshore, close enough to possibly bring hurricane-force winds to land. Tropical storm-force winds extended up to 60 miles from the center.

-- 3 a.m.: Humberto made landfall just east of High Island, Texas, with 85-mph winds.