A tropical cyclone is expected to form near the northwestern Bahamas and will likely impact the weather in southeast Florida. T
he disturbance, located about 235 miles southeast of Great Abaco Island, was officially named Thursday as Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine.Teams searching for the hundreds of people missing in the aftermath of Dorian will face heavy rain and tropical-storm conditions by late Friday. The tropical system could also affect Florida, Alabama and other portions of the Gulf Coast between late this week and early next week. When Dorian passed Florida, it was a Category 3 hurricane, despite having been stronger when it hit the Bahamas days earlier. A Category 4 hurricane making a direct hit will have a catastrophic impact. The tropical depression is moving slowly towards the west-northwest across the Florida Straits or South Florida.
A warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said “well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and some exterior walls” during such a strong storm. “Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months”, NOAA even warned. Specifically, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are the most likely locations to be affected by potentially heavy rainfall between Sunday and Tuesday.