Eastern Carolina - Within four days of the first Atlantic hurricane,, Ingrid has crossed the threshold to become the second named hurricane of the season.
The storm was upgraded Saturday afternoon after gaining steam over the Gulf of Mexico rapidly Saturday morning. Ingrid has remained almost stationary around 21.3°N, 94.4°W. Now the storm is drifting slowly north and should make landfall north of Tampico, Mexico early Monday. The storm is expected to remain a Category 1 storm upon landfall.
Hurricane Ingrid is expected to make landfall within 200 miles of where Tropical Storm Fernand ran ashore in late August. That storm produced heavy rains triggering mudslides that killed 13 people.
As Hurricane Ingrid has fired up, Hurricane Humberto was rapidly dying. When Ingrid was upgraded to hurricane status Humberto was considered only a post-tropical low. Hurricane Humberto was just three hours shy of breaking the old record of latest "first" hurricane of the season (since the satellite era in the 1960's).