Tropical storm to become a hurricane after passing Florida

Cheryl Sanders
September 16, 2019

The Bahamas are bracing for the impact of another storm while still carrying out recovery efforts for Hurricane Dorian; Steve Harrigan reports from Nassau, Bahamas.

More than 650 Dutch, French and German military personnel have arrived in the Abaco islands in the Bahamas on board two Dutch navy ships, to help with the clean-up operation in the wake of hurricane Dorian.

Destroyed boats are pushed up against the pier in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Treasure Cay on Abaco island, Bahamas, on September 11, 2019.

The disturbance has maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (48 kph) and is moving to the northwest at 2 miles per hour (3.2 kph).

(CNN)The Bahamas missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Humberto, which is expected to become a hurricane Sunday.

"On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along or over the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night", the centre said in its latest advisory.

Former prime minister Hubert Ingraham said he believed "hundreds" were dead on Great Abaco Island in the country's north-west "and significant numbers on Grand Bahama Island", the Nassau Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Mos Antenor, 42, drives a bulldozer while clearing the road after Hurricane Dorian Mclean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Friday Sept. 13, 2019.

He said 71 people were staying in shelters on Grand Bahama island and 2,037 in shelters on New Providence, where the capital, Nassau is located. Its swells could still affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.

On Thursday, the Bahamas government issued a tropical storm warning.

Tropical Cyclone Nine was not expected to bring anywhere near the devastation of Dorian, even if it strengthens into a depression or storm.

"The number of people registered missing with the Bahamas government is going down daily", NEMA spokesman Carl Smith said at a news briefing. Hospitals are either in ruins, or overwhelmed.

"Our hearts go out to all the people of the Bahamas and the United Nations is right by their side", he said.

He said the hurricane demonstrated the need to address climate change.

Some 15,000 people are still in need of shelter or food, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency says.

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