Tropical Storm Humberto lashes hurricane-battered Bahamas

Tropical Storm Humberto has lashed the Bahamas with rain and wind, possibly slowing down relief efforts just two weeks after Hurricane Dorian ripped through part of the islands.

Humberto had maximum sustained winds near 65km/h with higher gusts, and was expected to become a hurricane by tomorrow night, the Miami-based NHC said.

Forecasters said it could drop up to 15cmof rain in some areas but that it was not expected to produce significant storm surge in the northwestern Bahamas,

The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Sunday as it moves away from the Bahamas and the US coast.  Forecasters said it was likely to become a hurricane before the end of the weekend.

The storm is expected to leave the northwestern Bahamas later today and then will move well offshore of the east coast of Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean through early next week, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

Swells generated by the storm were expected to increase and affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina later this weekend and early next week, however.  These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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