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Menacing cloud cluster could dump more rain on Bahamas, turn into hurricane over Florida


Another tempest may be brewing in the vicinity of the Bahamas, and the National Hurricane Service is monitoring what could become tropical storm Humberto.

At the moment it’s a tropical depression, but it could also turn into a hurricane aimed at Florida, the center said Thursday.

Some models indicate the system could turn into that hurricane off the Southeastern U.S. by early next week, USA Today reported. But others show it traveling into the Gulf of Mexico after crossing Florida.

Accuweather projected a broad range of potential paths that had it traveling toward Miami but then spreading out either west or northeast.

Forecasters continue to keep a close eye on a disorganized cluster of storms tracking south of the Bahamas.

How fast the disturbance strengthens may help determine its track in the coming days:

The one thing meteorologists do know is that whatever form this system – currently known as 95L – takes, it will bring rain to the already saturated Bahamas.

“We are encouraging all residents, visitors and interests across the Bahamas, Florida and Cuba to closely monitor the progression of 95L,” AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Sept. 10 and the weeks before and after mark the official peak of the hurricane season, CNN noted, and storms tend to form quickly.

The Hurricane Center said there’s a 70% chance that the “disorganized” cloud system will form into an actual storm sometime in the next 48 hours, with an 80% chance it will do so during the next five days.

To garner storm status and a name, it would have to reach sustained winds of 39 mph.

Regardless, the Bahamas could be in for a pounding, as the already saturated archipelago is still digging out from Hurricane Dorian’s onslaught two weeks ago.

Marsh Harbour, a town that lost 1,100 buildings in the hurricane, could receive nearly 4 inches of rain in the next five days according to some models, CNN said.

“Surface pressures remain low, and environmental conditions are favorable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form within the next day or two as the system moves toward the northwest at 5 to 10 mph through the northwestern Bahamas and toward the Florida Peninsula,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Regardless of development, this disturbance will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to portions of the Bahamas through Friday, including areas of the northwestern Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian.”