FREEPORT, Bahamas — Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on Saturday after dumping rain on parts of the archipelago’s northwest region that was already hammered by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago.
Humberto dropped rain on the islands as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Bahamas to support humanitarian efforts in the wake of Dorian, which hit as a Category 5 storm and left thousands in need of food, water and shelter.
The list of missing stands at an alarming 1,300 people and the death toll at 50. But officials caution the list is preliminary and many people could just be unable to connect with loved ones.
The storm originally threatened to exacerbate the nation’s problems, but conditions appeared to normalize Saturday afternoon.
At 11 p.m., the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto was about 85 miles north of Great Abaco Island and was moving 6 mph north-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. The Bahamian government discontinued a tropical storm warning earlier in the evening.
Weather forecasters say Humberto will likely become a hurricane Sunday as it moves away from the Bahamas and the U.S. coast but won’t threaten land by the time it intensifies to that strength. Its swells could affect the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina in the coming days.
Under a bright sun in Grand Bahama, 40-year-old maintenance man Dexter Wilson was helping a friend put a blue tarp on a damaged roof. He said he was worried about his brother in Abaco given the tropical storm.
“He’s still there. I don’t know why,” he said.
The hurricane center said most of Humberto’s heavy squalls were occurring north and east of the center of the storm, which passed just east of Abaco. However, government officials in the Bahamas took no chances and urged people in damaged homes to seek shelter as they announced that aid efforts would be temporarily affected.
The distribution of meals in Grand Bahama was reduced ahead of the storm, and a spokesman for the United Nations World Food Program said all flights into its logistics hub in Marsh Harbor in Abaco were suspended.