The potential cyclone number 9, with an 80% chance of becoming a tropical storm named in 48 hours, is 140 miles (225 km) from Great Abaco and 235 miles (375 km) from Grand Bahama, the two islands of Bahamas most punished by Dorian less than two weeks ago.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in the US, in its bulletin of 8.00 (12.00 GMT), indicated that the potential cyclone is moving northwest at 6 miles per hour (9 km / h) with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (45 km / h).
An Air Force reconnaissance aircraft is in flight to the area where the system is located which, according to the established order, would be called Humberto if it reached cyclone status.
The potential cyclone number 9 is expected to continue moving in the current direction with some increase in translation speed over the weekend, the NHC said.
In the forecasted trajectory, the system is anticipated to move through the center and northwest of the Bahamas today and along or on the east coast of Florida on Saturday.
From Friday to Sunday, there will be rains in The Bahamas of 2 to 4 inches (50 and 100 millimeters), with isolated totals of 6 inches (152 millimeters), and on the east coast of the United States from the center of Florida to South Carolina from 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 millimeters).
The system is not expected to produce significant cyclonic storm surge in the northwest of the Bahamas, said the NHC, which issued its first alert on Thursday for this potential cyclone, which it had been monitoring for days.
The northwest of Bahamas, excluding Andros Island, may experience tropical storm conditions over a period of 36 hours.
For an area on the east coast of Florida, which runs from Jupiter Cove to the border between Flagler and Volusia counties (northern Miami), a tropical storm watch is in effect, which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within from the surveillance area, usually within 48 hours.
"Interests along the rest of the east coast of Florida should monitor the progress of this system," warns the NHC.
The arrival of this meteorological disturbance can worsen the situation in the Atlantic archipelago of the Bahamas, not yet replenished by the devastating passage of Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall 10 days ago in a northwest cay of the island country with category 5 winds.
The second of this cyclonic season in the Atlantic basin, Dorian will go down in history as one of the most devastating for the Bahamas, where it has killed at least 50 people and left thousands of people homeless, according to Bahamian authorities.
This Atlantic season is expected from 10 to 17 named tropical storms, that is, with winds over 39 miles per hour or more (63 km / h), and 5 to 9 hurricanes, with winds of 74 miles per hour or more (120 km / h), according to the National Oceans and Atmosphere Administration of the United States (NOAA).
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