The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has advised that a tropical depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto.
Humberto is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Bahamas and possibly parts of eastern Florida, according to the NHC's advisory issued Thursday. Long-range predictions have the storm turning northeastwards and heading away from the US over the weekend.
Here are the 5pm EDT Key Messages on Potential Tropical Cyclone #Nine. Uncertainty in the forecast is higher than usual, however tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall are expected in portions of the northwest Bahamas on Friday and Saturday. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/7RZeWLKL9h— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 12, 2019
Last week, Hurricane Dorian became a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kilometers per hour) before making landfall in the Bahamas and hovering in the area between September 1 and September 3.
Dorian particularly devastated the Grand Bahama and Abaco, where an estimated 70,000 people have been left homeless in the storm's aftermath.
The official death toll from Dorian reached 50 on Tuesday, but officials have said they fear the number may further increase given that thousands remain missing.