NASSAU, The Bahamas, Friday September 13, 2019 – Less than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian slammed into the northwest of the Bahamas, that part of the archipelago is bracing for more bad weather with the approach of a potential tropical cyclone that has triggered a tropical storm watch.
The warning which is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, comes as the system being referred to as Tropical Cyclone Nine, carrying maximum sustained winds near 30 miles per hour, is forecast to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today and could develop into a tropical storm by then.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the system is forecast to produce two to four inches of rain and, isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches, over areas that are already waterlogged following the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian downpours that left some communities underwater. However, no significant storm surge is expected.
In its latest advisory at 11 a.m., the NHC said the system was located about 280 miles east southeast of Freeport in Grand Bahama and 190 miles east southeast of Great Abaco Island, and barely moving northwestward at 1 mile per hour.
“The system…is expected to resume a slow motion toward the northwest and north-northwest later today. On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along or near the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night,” it said.
“The disturbance is forecast to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm later today or Saturday.”
While more than 1,000 people are still reported missing after Hurricane Dorian – down from the 2,500 said to be on the list on Wednesday before it was cross checked with the list of people in shelters and evacuees – only 50 people have been confirmed dead.
But officials acknowledge that number will rise as the search and cleanup continues in Abaco and Grand Bahama.