Dorian still lashing Bahamas; another storm brewing in the Atlantic


    While Hurricane Dorian is still moving slowly over the Bahamas, two other weather systems developed today: one in the Atlantic and another in the Gulf of Mexico.

    ‘Tropical Depression 8’ in the Atlantic is forecast to become a tropical storm by tomorrow as it moves northwestward.

    That system however is all the way out in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cabo Verde islands close to Africa, and is not expected to pose a threat to the Caribbean.

    This next storm could take the name Gabrielle.

    Meanwhile Tropical Storm Fernand formed in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, with Mexico since issuing a tropical storm warning for the northeast coast.

    The National Hurricane Centre is forecasting 6 to 12 inches of rain with isolated pockets of 15 inches in Mexico that could cause life-threatening mudslides and flash floods.

    And in the mid-Atlantic, a trough of low pressure located several hundred miles south-southeast of Bermuda, is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
    It has a 50% chance of forming into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.

    Hurricane Dorian meanwhile is still moving slowly over the Bahamas after being downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane earlier today.

    Images posted by a Finnish satellite company showed large areas under water, including the Gran Bahama International Airport and the town of Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island.

    It was revealed by the island’s Prime Minister yesterday that five people have so far been killed when the storm hit the Abaco Islands.

    The eastern US coast remains on alert for the hurricane.