New Storm Forming In Atlantic, Projected To Hit Bahamas Two Weeks After Dorian

A new tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean is bound for the Bahamas just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the country.

BBC reports a tropical depression in the region “strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto on Friday night.”

The storm is on a direct path to Great Abaco, the island which was directly affected by Hurrican Dorian.

BBC reports the country is still recovering their loses as they brace for the upcoming storm:

About 1,300 people are missing in the Bahamas following the hurricane, while at least 15,000 are in need of shelter, food and medical care.

At 09:00GMT, the US National Hurricane Center said the storm was about 70 miles (110km) east of Great Abaco, with maximum sustained winds of 40mph (65km/h).

It was moving north-west at about 7mph and was expected to pass near or over the north-western Bahamas on Saturday and be off the Florida coast later in the weekend.

Humberto is expected to bring rainfall of up to 15cm (6in) in some areas of the Bahamas, although no significant storm surge is threatened.

The BBC Weather service has advised that Humberto could strengthen into another hurricane over the coming days, although this is not likely to happen until it has passed over the Bahamas.

More than 50 people were killed when Dorian struck the country as a Category 5 hurricane. Upon making landfall over the Great Abaco island, Dorian slowed to a less than 1 mph crawl.

Here’s even more from the report:

Dorian was packing sustained winds of 295km/h (185mph) when it made landfall at Elbow Cay on the Abacos on 1 September.

It equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands.

On Thursday the US announced $4m (£3.2m) in new humanitarian assistance for the Bahamas. The US Agency for International Development said the money would go towards providing shelter, food, medicine and water to those on the two worst hit islands.