Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Tropical Storm Humberto path: Will Carolinas feel impact of storm as it strikes the US? | World | News

Hurricane Dorian killed at least 50 people last week and threatened the lives of hundreds of thousands more in the northern Bahamas and along the southeastern coast of the USA. While the former Category 5 hurricane has now gone and the peak of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season passed this week, many more storms are anticipating to batter the region over the upcoming weeks. According to forecasters, a new tropical storm is expected to form shortly over the Bahamas and track towards the US. But will the storm travel up as far as North and South Carolina? 

If Tropical Storm Humberto forms today, as is expected by forecasters, it will become the eighth named tropical storm of this hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported that as of 8am EDT (1pm BST) tropical cyclone nine was located near latitude 25.1 north, longitude 75.3 west, which is around 235 miles east southeast of Freeport in Grand Bahama Island and 140 miles southeast of Great Abaco island.

Nine was moving with maximum sustained winds of around 30mph in a northwestwards direction at 9mph.

There are watches and warnings in effect in the region including:

  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island.
  • A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Jupiter Inlet to Flagler-Volusia County line

The advisory reads: “The system is moving toward the northwest near 6mph (9kmh), and this general motion is expected to continue with some increase in forward speed through the weekend.

“On the forecast track, the system is anticipated to move across the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and along or over the east coast of Florida Saturday and Saturday night.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 30mph (45kmh) with higher gusts.

“Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is forecast to become a tropical depression or a tropical storm later today or Saturday.

“An Air Force plane is enroute to investigate the disturbance.

“Environmental conditions are favourable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form later today or Saturday.”

The chance of formation through 48 hours is 80 percent, whereas the chance of formation over five days is at 90 percent.

The system is expected to continue to intensify and strengthen over the weekend as it approaches Florida.

Tropical cyclone nine is then predicted to turn up the coast along Georgia and South Carolina early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The latest forecast cone includes much of South Carolina and North Carolina in the area of concern for early next week, but some wind and rain could begin impacting the South Carolina coast as soon as Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center has said a tropical storm could bring intense wind and torrential rain to the Carolinas starting this weekend.

So far, the NHC warns that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the northwestern Bahamas later today and are possible in the watch area on the Florida peninsula by Saturday or Saturday night.

The NOAA added that a potential tropical cyclone is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations through Sunday of two to four inches in both the Bahamas and the US southeast Coast from central Florida into South Carolina, with isolated areas reaching six inches in the Bahamas.

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