Monday 9 December, 2019

Devastated Bahamas on alert for Tropical Storm

As The Bahamas still struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian, the country has been put on alert for the threat of a Tropical Storm.

The Abacos and Grand Bahama, the two islands devastated by Dorian along with Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand, and New Providence, have been put on a tropical Storm Warning by the Government. 

A release from the NOAA National Weather Service said tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the Northwest Bahamas by late Friday.

As of 5 pm EDT, the disturbance was centered about 235 miles (380 km) southeast of Great Abaco Island.

The system is expected to move toward the northwest near eight mph (13 km/h), and this motion is forecast to continue during the next two days. On this track, it is anticipated to move across the Northwest Bahamas on Friday, and along or over the east coast of central Florida on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts. The disturbance is forecast to become tropical depression or a tropical storm during the next day or so.

The system is expected to produce total rain accumulations of two to four inches through Sunday over the Bahamas and along the east coast of Florida north of West Palm Beach. Isolated maximum amounts of seven inches are possible in the Northwest and Central Bahamas.

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 pm with an intermediate advisory at 8 pm EDT.

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