Tropical depression forecasted to move over Abaco, GB

Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Dorian slammed into Abaco and Grand Bahama, a tropical depression is expected to drop two to four inches of rain and produce 30-mile-per-hour winds on the recovering islands.

A tropical storm warning is in place for Abaco, Eleuthera, New Providence, Grand Bahama, the Berry Islands and Bimini.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

“Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the northwestern Bahamas [last night] and early [today],” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its 5 p.m. update yesterday.

“Tropical storm conditions are still possible in the watch area on the Florida peninsula by Saturday or Saturday night.”

The NHC said the system is not expected to produce any significant storm surge in The Bahamas.

The depression was located off Eleuthera and is forecasted to move over the northwest Bahamas on Saturday.

“I know this is not something people in Abaco and Grand Bahama would like to hear at this time, but it’s out there and the storm will bring heavy downpours over the Bahama islands,” said Shavon Bonimy, senior meteorologist in Grand Bahama.

“So we have to be prepared. If you’re in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding, then I suggest that you move to a place that would be less likely to flood as a result of heavy rain. On its projected track, this system is expected to take a similar track as Dorian.”

Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson warned residents to take the system seriously.

“As we saw with Dorian, these storms can change in an instant, so please do not take this lightly,” Thompson said.

“We know that this system is going to bring us a lot of rain and we know that when Hurricane Dorian left us, there were a number of homes left in disrepair.

“I wish to say that today NEMA gave out a number of tarps throughout the communities to assist residents in preparing their roofs. Please do your best to secure your roofs to prevent any further flooding or water damage.”

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