Tropical storm Humberto hurtles towards hurricane-ravaged Bahamas days after island battered by 225mph winds

Tropical storm Humberto hurtles towards hurricane-ravaged Bahamas days after island battered by 225mph winds

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ANOTHER monster storm is today careering towards the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas just days after it was devastated by killer 225mph winds.

Humberto is on target to smash into the north west of the islands – the same area flattened by Hurricane Dorian leaving dozens dead and tens of thousands homeless.

Tropical storm Humberto is now closing in on the Bahamas
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Tropical storm Humberto is now closing in on the Bahamas[/caption]

The new weather system will bring storm-force winds and shocking rainfall, revealed the US’s National Hurricane Center.

The Bahamas is tipped to see up to six inches of rain within the space of a few hours.

Regardless of wind strength, “there will be rain … over (an) area that certainly doesn’t need any rain,” said CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the island nation and Humberto is expected to develop into a hurricane in the next 48 hours, the hurricane center said.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding could also affect parts of eastern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina this weekend.

Meanwhile, hundreds are still missing in the aftermath of Category 5 Dorian which smashed into the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama.

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Hurricane Dorian left 70,000 people in the Bahamas in need of food and shelter[/caption]

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An estimated 13,000 properties were destroyed by its 225mph winds[/caption]

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The storm left many homeless and living in makeshift shelters[/caption]

The death toll stands at 50 but is expected to rise once all the wreckage has been cleared.

“We are a nation in mourning,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a statement.

The grief is unbearable following the devastating impact of Hurricane Dorian, which has left behind death, destruction and despair on Grand Bahama and Abaco, our second and third most populous islands.”

Dorian left 70,000 people in the Bahamas in need of food and shelter, with aid workers on the ground comparing the devastation to the aftermath of a nuclear blast.

The storm made landfall early last week, flattening buildings across the country’s islands and provoking huge tidal surges.

A relief effort involving the US Coast Guard and Britain’s Royal Navy is now delivering aid to survivors, many of whom have lost everything they owned.


Medical evacuations are also being staged, as those trapped on the ground work with what resources they have to help the injured.

Search-and-rescue missions are now scouring the worst-hit communities for survivors, with hundreds confirmed to have been rescued so far.

Mark Green, head of the US Agency for International Development told Reuters that some areas looked like “nuclear bombs were dropped on them”.

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A man carries his belongings through the wreckage of destroyed buildings on Abaco Island[/caption]

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As well as high winds, Hurricane Dorian brought huge tidal surges to the Bahamas[/caption]

A teddy lies amid the debris of a collapsed home
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