Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 24 October 2019

New storm threatens the Bahamas only weeks after Hurricane Dorian

Parts of the Caribbean archipelago were lashed by rain as some airports closed

Aid efforts in parts of the Bahamas were temporarily suspended on Saturday as the Caribbean archipelago was hit by a new storm only two weeks after it was hammered by Hurricane Dorian.

The Tropical Storm Humberto closed a number of small airports as rain lashed parts of the north west of the Bahamas.

It came as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited the country in the wake of Dorian, a category five hurricane which left 50 dead and thousands in need to food, water and shelter. Another 1,300 people remain missing.

Threatening to exacerbate islands' problems, Humberto's rains were falling on Abaco island though conditions appeared normal Saturday afternoon in nearby Grand Bahama.

The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Grand Bahama, Bahamas. AP
The aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Grand Bahama, Bahamas. AP

"Rains are the biggest issue right now," member of parliament Iram Lewis told AP. "People are still reeling from the first storm."

At 2pm local time, the hurricane centre said the storm was located about 65 kms north of Great Abaco island and 190 kms east-northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama. The storm was moving 11 kms per hour with maximum sustained winds of 85 kms per hour.

Weather forecasters say Humberto will likely become a hurricane by Sunday night as it moves away from the Bahamas and the U.S. coast. It won't threaten land as a hurricane but its swells could affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina later this weekend and early next week.

"The weather system will slow down logistics," said Carl Smith, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.

Later Saturday, World Food Programme spokesperson Herve Verhoosel said the agency had resumed activities in Marsh Harbour.

Updated: September 15, 2019 01:56 PM

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