As the Bahamas and areas of the Carolinas continue cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, forecasters are now turning their eyes to a new system developing in the Atlantic that has a chance of turning into a tropical depression or a named tropical storm over the course of the next few days.
According to a news release from the National Hurricane Center, a weather pattern currently moving over portions of the Bahamas ravaged by Dorian shows a 70 percent chance of forming into a tropical depression or a tropical storm over the next 48 hours. The chance increases to 80 percent over the next five days. Current models show the system to be moving northwest toward the Florida Peninsula at 5 to 10 mph.
Forecasters currently believe it's too early to tell where the system, which would be named Humberto if it becomes a tropical storm, will end up. Some models predict the storm will track along the same path as Dorian and follow the southeastern coast, while others suggest the storm could impact the Gulf of Mexico.
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Officials from the NHC said Thursday an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft would be dispatched to investigate the system, if necessary.
The system also has the potential to batter an already heavily damaged region of the Bahamas.
Dorian hit portions of the island chain with 185 mph winds over two days, leaving 50 dead, more than 15,000 people without shelter and 2,500 missing. Millions of dollars have been pledged for relief efforts in the region, but there is no word on when critically damaged infrastructure in major areas will be restored.
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