The Government of The Bahamas yesterday issued a tropical storm warning for several of its north-western islands, which are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian.

The US National Hurricane Center says a tropical cyclone is expected to form in the coming hours near the north-western Bahamas. The system is emerging about 235 miles (380 kilometres) south-east of Great Abaco Island.

The disturbance has maximum sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph) and is moving to the north-west at 8 mph (13 kph).

Forecasters say the system could become a tropical storm within the next day or so. Heavy winds and rain are expected within the north-west Bahamas by late today, except for Andros Island.

The hurricane centre says people on Florida’s east coast should monitor the progress of the storm system.

Meanwhile, two Dutch navy ships have arrived in The Bahamas to help with the relief operation after two islands in the archipelago — Great Abaco and Grand Bahama — were devastated by Hurricane Dorian.

The Defence Ministry said that around 550 military personnel who arrived Wednesday on board the ships Snellius and Johan de Witt will deliver aid to residents on Abaco Island.

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