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Storm Humberto strengthens but moves away from Bahamas, US

15 September 2019, MVT 23:36
This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Humberto as it moves near the Bahamas at 12:00UTC on September 15, 2019. - Tropical Storm Humberto lashed the Bahamas with rain and wind on September 14, 2019, possibly slowing down relief efforts in the wake of the devastation wrought less than two weeks ago by Hurricane Dorian.The US National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm, packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles (95 kilometers) per hour, was passing Saturday evening about 85 miles north of Great Abaco Island, one of the areas hardest hit by Dorian. (Photo by HO / NOAA/RAMMB / AFP) /
15 September 2019, MVT 23:36

Tropical storm Humberto gained strength Sunday and was expected to return to hurricane force by evening, but its track now puts it far from the Bahamas and the US coast, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

As of midday, Humberto was 180 miles (290 kilometres) northwest of Great Abaco Island, which was devastated two weeks ago by the passage of Hurricane Dorian, and 165 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the NHC said in an update at 15H00 GMT.

It had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, slightly below hurricane strength, but was expected to gain power through the day.

"Humberto is expected to become a hurricane by tonight," the NHC said.

It warned beachgoers in the US states of Florida and North Carolina that heavy swells "could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions."

But its peripheral winds were not expected to pose any danger to land.

On Monday, Humberto is expected to take a sharp turn to the northeast, moving it even farther from land.

- Guterres 'horrified' -

On Saturday the storm swept past the northern Bahamas, but without the torrential rains or devastating winds that Dorian had brought earlier in the month.

Dorian, a mammoth storm of historic magnitude, left at least 52 people dead, with as many as 1,300 still listed as missing.

More than 7,000 inhabitants of the Abacos or Grand Bahama lost their homes, and 2,000 are still living in shelters.

Aid has poured in from foreign countries and international aid groups, though Humberto delayed some shipments.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the islands on Saturday.

He said he was "horrified" by the level of destruction, and he called for more urgent international action to curb climate change.

"We need to make sure that we reverse the present trend, where climate change is running faster than what we are," he said.

Miami, United States | AFP |

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