- Tropical Cyclone 9 is headed for the Bahamas and the southeastern coast of the US.
- There is a 90% likelihood that the cyclone will develop into “Tropical Storm Humberto” within the next 48 hours, according to a public advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
- The storm is expected to hit the northwestern Bahamas Friday evening and the east coast of Florida on Saturday.
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Mere weeks after being pummeled by Hurricane Dorian, another tropical storm is headed for the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida.
A storm warning has been issued for the northwestern Bahamas, and a storm watch is in effect in Florida for Jupiter Inlet to the Flagler Volusia County Line.
A tropical storm warning means that storm conditions are expected within the area within 36 hours. A storm watch means the conditions will possibly arrive in the next 48 hours.
The “disturbance”, currently called potential Tropical Cyclone 9, could produce 2 to 4 inches of rain in the Bahamas, with isolated isolated areas seeing up to 6 inches.
The southeast coast of the US from central Florida into South Carolina could see 2 to 4 inches of rain. Heavy rainfall or flash flooding is possible for the coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina this weekend. North Carolina could get some rain from the storm early next week, too, but the likelihood is diminishing, according to the NHC.
The storm’s maximum sustained winds were about 30 mph Friday evening, but expected to strengthen some overnight.
Significant storm surge is currently not expected in the Bahamas at this time.
Conditions are favorable for the disturbance to become a tropical depression or storm by Friday evening or Saturday morning, according to the NHC. In this case, the storm would be called Tropical Storm Humberto, according to CBS News.
Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted a warning to Floridians to start preparations and prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding.
“We are closely monitoring a Tropical Depression with [the Florida Division of Emergency Management]. Regardless of the exact track or development, Floridians along the East Coast should be prepared for heavy rain and potential flooding, have supplies ready and follow local media for updates.” he tweeted Friday afternoon.
The Bahamas and the southeastern US are just starting recovery after Dorian — a hurricane that killed at least 50 and left 1,300 people missing in the Bahamas earlier this month, with winds gusts as high as 220 mph and insurance losses of more than $25 billion.