NASSAU, Bahamas & # 39; s – The Bahamas & # 39; s, still stirring through a hurricane that has leveled businesses and left many thousands of homeless, are committed to yet another storm that hit the same islands less than two weeks ago destroyed, could attack further.
The new storm, Tropical Storm Humberto, was not expected to be as destructive as Dorian, a category 5 hurricane that killed at least 50 people and inflicted massive damage in the northern Bahamas. But it can complicate the already difficult task of rescue workers, who were still looking for around 1,300 missing persons. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has warned that the death toll can increase considerably.
The National Hurricane Center said at the end of Friday that Humberto would probably gradually become stronger and become a hurricane in two or three days. Parts of the Bahamas were expected to have two to four inches of rain, and up to six inches in some places. The east coast of the United States from Central Florida to South Carolina can be two to four centimeters in size.
Some residents along the east coast of Florida were advised to follow the progress of Humberto, which could cause strong winds in some places during the weekend.
Michael Pintard, a member of the Bahamian parliament from Marco City, said that the approaching storm had already affected emergency relief in Grand Bahama. Buildings with relief organizations and stockpiles had to be closed early and families tried to cover their houses again. Mr. Pintard had to be rescued from his home after Hurricane Dorian.
Trevor M. Basden, director of the Meteorology Department of the Bahamas, said on Friday that the authorities' greatest concern was the flood potential.
The new storm system, he said Friday afternoon, already produced & # 39; heavy, heavy rainfall & # 39 ;.
The Bahamas are particularly susceptible to flooding, Basden said, because 80 percent of the island chain is 10 feet or less above the average sea level.
Major islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, the two most affected by Dorian, "could see significant amounts of rainfall," he said. "Not good, not good."
A lot of rain, combined with the strong wind of a tropical storm, could further endanger buildings that were damaged by Dorian but are still in danger, Mr. Basden said.
For those houses that lack their roofs, "the walls are there to be blown off," he said.
Hurricane Dorian damaged or destroyed almost all structures in some settlements and towns in the Abacos, flattened entire neighborhoods and created huge rubble fields. Cleaning up has only just begun in most places, causing concern that the strong wind of a tropical storm can turn the waste left by Dorian into rockets.
As the new storm hit the Bahamas, the authorities were preparing to open shelters and give warnings to stay inside, said Chrystal Glinton of the National Emergency Management Agency of the nation.
Mrs. Glinton said that the cleaning, relief and recovery efforts of Dorian would continue as much as possible.
"We continue to do our work," she said, "but we keep talking about preparedness."
Pasterain Sitoir, a pastor at the First Beraca Baptist Church in Marsh Harbor on Great Abaco Island, said he was worried about his house that the new storm would endure. Hurricane Dorian had punched holes in the roof, he said, but he left the Abacos on Monday before he had the chance to repair the damage.
"I didn't have time to fix it because everyone was leaving the island," he said Friday in a telephone interview from Orlando, Fla., Where he is staying with his daughter. "I just closed the doors and am leaving."
"If the wind comes in there, we can lose the roof," he said. "But I don't know. I leave that to God."