UPDATE 3-Tropical storms Gabrielle, Humberto swirl in Atlantic

Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:56pm EDT
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By Jane Sutton

MIAMI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gabrielle regenerated and bore down on Bermuda on Tuesday while Tropical Storm Humberto strengthened to the verge of becoming the season's first Atlantic hurricane, forecasters said.

The burst of activity came right on schedule as the Atlantic-Caribbean storm season hit its traditional peak.

Gabrielle was about 30 miles (45 km) south-southwest of Bermuda and forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was expected to pass over the mid-Atlantic island later Tuesday.

Its top winds had jumped to 60 mph (95 kph), up from 40 mph (65 kph) earlier, and a slight further increase in strength seemed likely, the forecasters said.

They said Bermuda was already being lashed by rough seas, heavy wind gusts and rain and several flights to the island had been canceled in anticipation of the storm.

The affluent British territory has strict building codes and tends to withstand tropical storms without major damage.

Gabrielle first formed last week in the northeastern Caribbean, soaking Puerto Rico as it crossed into the Atlantic. It fizzled quickly, but regrouped during the weekend and became a tropical storm again on Tuesday.   Continued...