Tropical storm warning for northwestern Bahamas

Abaco, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence are all under a tropical storm warning after it was announced that an area of disturbance in the central Bahamas is expected to develop.

In its 8 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center said, “The system is moving toward the northwest near six miles per hour (mph), and this motion is expected to continue with some increase in forward speed through the weekend . On this track, the system is anticipated to move across central and northwestern Bahamas today,  and along or over the east coast of Florida on Saturday and Saturday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is forcast to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm later today or Saturday.

Chief Meteorological Officer Arnold King said in a press conference yesterday morning that the system could affect areas that were impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

“There’s an area of disturbance over the central and southeast Bahamas, and it’s gradually becoming better organized,” he said.

“Surface pressures are falling in the area. Conditions are becoming favorable for a tropical depression or a tropical storm to form within the next day or so as the system moves through towards the northwest and northwestern Bahamas and towards the Florida peninsula at five to 10 miles per hour.”

He added, “This disturbance will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds across portions of The Bahamas through Friday, especially portions of the northwestern Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.

“Formation through 48 hours is 70 percent. Formation through five days is 80 percent.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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