FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019 AS OF 11:00 AM EST
A tropical disturbance has formed to the east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. Guidance shows that the storm has the potential to strengthen and move across the Bahamas and Florida this weekend. This system follows closely behind Hurricane Dorian, which recently devastated the Bahamas. Currently, the storm is barely moving but is expected to increase forward motion over the next few days, continuing in a north-northwest direction. The storm has wind speeds of approximately 30 miles per hour, with the potential to become Tropical Storm Humberto later today. Without a clearly defined eye, this system’s trajectory remains uncertain.
NOAA 2 Hour Time Lapse of Tropical Disturbance: Source
The system is expected to bring tropical force winds, heavy rainfall, and storm surge to the Bahamas. The Bahamas could receive as much as 6 inches of rain in the next few days. Heavy rainfall and storm surge following the impacts of Hurricane Dorian could further devastate the Islands. Residents of the Bahamas are encouraged to heed the warnings of local authorities.
New System Poses Threat to Devastated Bahamas
This area of disturbed weather has the potential to form into a tropical storm over the next couple of days, close to the parts of the #Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Dorian. pic.twitter.com/awMdDnjoPx
— Met Office Storms (@metofficestorms) September 12, 2019
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages individuals to be prepared and not be scared by planning in advance for extreme weather conditions. Residents of the Bahamas and Florida should continue to monitor the system as it develops over the next few days, and start preparing. The Hagerty Blog Team will continue providing information and updates.
FEMA Guidance on Hurricane Preparedness: Source
Here’s the breakdown of public advisories from NOAA’s NHC in decreasing order of severity:
Tropical Storm Watch:
- Jupiter Inlet to Flagler-Volusia County line
Storm Surge Warning:
- Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
- Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe.
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