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Tropical Storm Humberto forecast to hit already devastated Bahamas

Rachel More, DPA on

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- A depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto, which is threatening to hit less than two weeks after Hurricane Dorian devastated the islands, the U.S. National Weather Service said late Friday.

"Humberto will likely bring tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rainfall to portions of the northwestern Bahamas on Saturday," the weather service warned on its website.

No significant storm surge was expected, it added.

Tropical Storm Humberto is also forecast to bring heavy rainfall and some flash flooding to the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the weekend.

Dorian, which made its first landfall on Sept.1, left about 13,000 houses destroyed or damaged, according to the Red Cross. About 1,300 people remain missing and the death toll of 50 is expected to rise.

Disasters triggered a record 7 million new displacements globally in the first half of this year, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center , or IDMC, a source of data and analysis on internal displacement.

The vast majority of the disasters were associated with storms and floods, suggesting that mass displacement by extreme weather events is becoming the norm, the IDMC said Friday.

 

Cyclone Fani triggered millions of new displacements in the form of life-saving evacuations in India and Bangladesh, while Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc across Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Floods also devastated Iran, Ethiopia, the Philippines and Bolivia.

The IDMC estimates that the number of new displacements associated with natural disasters will more than triple by the end of the year to around 22 million.

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