ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - A tropical depression near the Bahamas strengthened into Tropical Storm Humberto late Friday night.
Parts of the northwestern Bahamas that were recently pummeled by Hurricane Dorian are expected to experience near tropical-storm-force winds and periodic heavy rain through Sunday, but no significant storm surge.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday evening that the storm was located about 105 miles east of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It was moving NNW at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
Officials expect Humberto to strengthen into a hurricane later Sunday or Sunday night, moving "well offshore of the east coast of Florida during the next day or so" before moving away from the U.S.
The government of the Bahamas has discontinued all tropical watches and warnings.
A previous Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of Florida has been discontinued. Forecasters expect the storm to stay offshore of Florida's eastern coast, so a tropical storm watch is no longer in effect for the state.
Humberto could bring about two to four inches of rain with some isolated spots as much as six inches in the Bahamas. Along the East Coast, from Florida to South Carolina, very little rain is in the forecast, but large swells and dangerous riptides will be experienced.
Thankfully, there should be no significant storm surge from this storm as opposed to a week ago when Dorian blew through the area.
The Associated Press contributed to this report