Tropical storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on Saturday after raining over parts of the northwest region of the archipelago that were already hit by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago.
Humberto dropped rain on the islands when UN Secretary General Antnio Guterres visited the Bahamas to support humanitarian efforts in the wake of Dorian, which struck as a category 5 storm that left thousands of people in need of food, Water and shelter. The list of missing persons is found in the alarming 1,300 people and the number of deaths in 50. But officials warn that the list is preliminary and many people may simply not be able to connect with their loved ones.
The storm originally threatened to exacerbate the nation's problems, but conditions seemed to normalize on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday at 5 am (Eastern Time), the National Hurricane Center of the United States said that Humberto was located about 217 kilometers northwest of the Great Abaco Island and was moving at 11 kilometers per hour to the northwest with winds Sustained maximums of 97 kilometers per hour. The government of the Bahamas suspended a tropical storm warning earlier in the night.
Meteorologists say that Humberto will probably become a hurricane on Sunday when he moves away from the Bahamas, but that he will not threaten the earth when it intensifies with that force. Its waves could still affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.
Under a bright sun in the Grand Bahama, Dexter Wilson, a 40-year-old maintenance man, was helping a friend put a blue tarp on a damaged roof. He said he was worried about his brother in Abaco due to the tropical storm.
“He is still there. I don't know why, "he said.
The hurricane center said that most of Humberto's heavy rains occurred north and east of the center of the storm, which passed just east of Abaco. However, government officials in the Bahamas did not take risks and urged people in damaged homes to seek shelter, as they announced that relief efforts would be temporarily affected.
"The weather system will slow down logistics," said Carl Smith, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency.
The distribution of meals in Grand Bahama was reduced before the storm, and a spokesman for the UN World Food Program said all flights to its logistics center in Marsh Harbor in Abaco were suspended.
Later on Saturday, WFP spokeswoman Herve Verhoosel said the agency had resumed its activities in Marsh Harbor.
"Our team is back at work to support the population and aid organizations," Verhoosel said in a statement.
Dave McGregor, president and chief operating officer of the Grand Bahama Power Company, said the teams will resume power restoration as soon as possible.
"Unfortunately, we went back to storm preparedness mode," he said.
Guterres, who was in Abaco on Saturday, said he was "horrified" by the level of "systematic devastation."
"Hurricane Dorian has been classified as Category 5. I think it is the Category Hell," said the UN Secretary General after his visit.
He said that climate change-driven storms had become more intense, and implored the international community to learn from the example of Abaco and Grand Bahama and provide support.
"We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense and more frequent," he said.