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Bahamas issues tropical storm warning as region braces for driving rain on heels of Hurricane Dorian


As the Bahamas continue to recover after Hurricane Dorian steamrolled the region earlier this month, officials issued a tropical storm warning for northwestern Bahamas on Friday.

The latest blast of weather, called Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine, could dump up to a half-foot of rain in the area, according to an advisory bulletin issued by the National Hurricane Center on Friday afternoon. Sustained wind speeds are forecast to top out around 30 mph.

“Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the northwestern Bahamas later today,” the NHC bulletin said. “Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area on the Florida peninsula by Saturday or Saturday night.”

Hurricane Dorian crushed the northern Bahamas at the beginning of the month in what Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, described as a “historic tragedy.” More than 1,000 people are still missing, and at least 50 have died in Abaco and Grand Bahama — a number expected to rise significantly.

“The grief is unbearable,” Minnis said in a recent televised address. “Many are in despair, wondering if their loved ones are still alive.”

If the upcoming deluge reaches tropical storm status, it will be called Tropical Storm Humberto.

With News Wire Services