A TROPICAL depression near the Bahamas has strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto.

Parts of the north-western Bahamas that were recently pummelled by Hurricane Dorian expected to experience tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain over the weekend, but not significant storm surge. About 1300 people are still missing as a result of Dorian, and 15,000 are in need of shelter.

The US National Hurricane Centre said early yesterday morning that the storm was located about 100 miles east-southeast of Great Abaco Island and moving north west at 6mph. It had maximum sustained winds of 40mph.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the north-western Bahamas, excluding Andros Island. Forecasters expect the storm to stay away from Florida, so a tropical storm watch is no longer in effect for the state.