ALERT #24 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN - HURRICANE CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO GRADUALLY SUBSIDE...

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October 03, 2015

ALERT #24 ON HURRICANE JOAQUIN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2015 AT 12 MIDNIGHT EDT.

… HURRICANE JOAQUIN  MOVING  AWAY FROM  BAHAMAS…. …HURRICANE CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO GRADUALLY SUBSIDE...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS, AND ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, AND MAYAGUANA IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS. 

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

 A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.

 AT 11 PM EDT THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 24.7 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 74.0 DEGREES WEST OR  60 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF SAN SALVADOR, 85 MILES NORTH-NORTHEAST OF RUM CAY, 90 MILES NORTHEAST OF OLD BIGHT, CAT ISLAND, AND 205 MILES EAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. 

HURRICANE JOAQUIN IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE WITH A GRADUAL INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. ON THIS FORECAST TRACK, THE CORE OF THE STRONGEST WINDS OF JOAQUIN WILL MOVE AWAY FROM THE BAHAMAS.

 MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 125 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. JOAQUIN IS NOW A CATEGORY 3 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECASTED DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS. 

ON ITS PRESENT TRACK, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE JOAQUIN WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE AWAY FROM SAN SALVADOR AND INTO THE OPEN ATLANTIC THIS MORNING. HOWEVER, RESIDENTS IN RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, CAT ISLAND, EXUMA, LONG ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, ACKLINS AND CROOKED ISLAND WILL CONTINUE TO EXPERIENCE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS THROUGH TONIGHT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 50 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 205 MILES FROM THE CENTER.

 HEAVY RAINFALL COULD RESULT IN LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS OVER THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS THROUGH MID MORNING. 

 A VERY DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING STORM SURGE WILL RAISE WATER LEVELS BY AS MUCH AS 6 TO 12 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS IN THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS.

AGAIN, RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED PREPARATIONS FOR THE IMPACT OF JOAQUIN WHICH INCLUDES SEVERE FLOODING.

SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE BAHAMAS SHOULD NOT VENTURE FAR FROM PORT AS LARGE SWELLS AND BATTERING WAVES WILL AFFECT THE BAHAMAS DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

 

News date : 10/03/2015    Category : Weather

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