Tropical Storm Humberto forms east of battered Bahamas

Elias Hubbard
September 16, 2019

Bone-white sea shells were nestled in tufts of grass, flung there by the surging floodwaters that had carried Saunders for 200 yards until he managed to grab hold of a large pine tree branch, where he spent two days after Hurricane Dorian crashed ashore. But officials caution the list is preliminary and many people could just be unable to connect with loved ones.

The Nema spokesman said more than 5,500 people have been evacuated so far from the northern Bahamas islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, which were devastated by the storm.

"I think we're accomplishing our mission, any roadblocks we have right now are our own", said Dennis Clancey, a field operations manager for relief group Team Rubicon, which has deployed mobile medical units to treat patients.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning that the storm was located about 70 miles (10 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island and moving northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

A tropical storm watch was issued for portions of the coast of east-central Florida late Thursday and South Florida could see tropical storm force winds as early as Friday evening, the NHC said.

Forecasters said the Bahamas will get 2 to 4 inches of rain through Monday. "People are still reeling from the first storm".

"Getting reunited with them after the hurricane was the biggest part of it for me", he said "That really filled my heart with joy".

There is an 80 per cent chance that it will turn into a stronger tropical depression or even a tropical storm named Humberto in the next day or so as it crawls at 9 km/h across the Bahamas and takes aim at Florida, the NHC said.

Kwasi Thompson, minister of state for Grand Bahama, warned Humberto will affect the entire island and urged people to seek shelter.

The National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said the drop in numbers came after cross-referencing names of the missing with those in shelters.

Hundreds are still missing in the aftermath of the powerful Category 5 hurricane that smashed into the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama this month.

Storm surge: this system is not expected to product significant storm surge in the northwestern Bahamas.

"As we saw past year with Hurricane Michael, these things are sometimes quick developing", he said.

Guterres, who was in Abaco on Saturday, said earlier he hoped the weather would not impede his visit.

"In some areas, more than three-quarters of all buildings have been destroyed". Hospitals are either in ruins, or overwhelmed. When he returned, he said, he found his brother crying on the front porch.

But the potentially heavy rain and winds, which could reach 30 miles per hour (48 km), could hamper relief efforts in the northern Bahamas, where the powerful and slow-moving Dorian flattened thousands of structures and left 70,000 people needing shelter, food and water and medical assistance.

With 1,300 people still missing in the Bahamas, according to the Bahamian government, relief services are focusing on search and rescue as well as providing food, water and shelter.

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