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Tropical storm warning issued for The Bahamas; Florida could be next

Potential cyclone could follow Dorian's track
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Posted at 4:04 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 17:04:01-04

While residents of The Bahamas are still recovering from Hurricane Dorian, which struck the islands last week, a new storm forming in the Atlantic could pose a threat.

The storm, which is being called "Potential Tropical Cyclone No. 9," is swirling in the central Bahamas. The storm is expected to gain strength and move northwest, toward the same islands pounded by Hurricane Dorian.

Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island are among the areas under the tropical storm warning. The two islands faced major devastation from Dorian. Also, Nassau is under a tropical storm warning.

The National Hurricane Center expects the cyclone to become a tropical storm on Friday or Saturday.

The storm then could strike Florida on Saturday as a tropical storm. Like Dorian, the forecast does not guarantee a landfall in Florida.

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the tropical storm has top winds of 30 MPH.

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft is expected to reach the tropical cyclone Thursday evening, and could give the public a better idea of how strong this storm is and could become.