Hurricane Matthew news in brief

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October 04, 2016

• THE College of the Bahamas Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close campuses in New Providence and the Northern Bahamas Campus in East Grand Bahama will be closed today, with all operations and classes suspended.

The closure includes the Harry C. Moore Library and Information Centre and Chapter One Bookstore.

Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador will be activated as a hurricane shelter from today.

The college said following the passage of Hurricane Matthew and after the National Emergency Management Agency has issued the official “all clear”, a thorough assessment will be conducted of all College facilities and a subsequent notice will be issued regarding the resumption of operations and classes at the respective campuses.

Administrators, faculty, staff and students are asked to closely monitor all official COB communication channels (website, emails and social media) as well as the national news media for announcements and updates.

• THE United States Embassy in Nassau will be closed for routine consular services for three days from Wednesday to Friday due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Matthew on the Bahamas.

The Consular Section will only offer emergency American Citizen Services during that time.

The Embassy said individuals who had non-immigrant visa appointments scheduled for these days can reschedule their appointments by visiting the appointment scheduling website at

Passport applicants can reschedule their appointments through

• THE National Insurance Board offices in Acklins, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Inagua, Long Island, Mayaguana and San Salvador will be closed until further notice due to the projected passage of Hurricane Matthew through the Family Islands.

• BANK of the Bahamas branches in Cat Island, Exuma and San Salvador will close at 1pm on Tuesday until further notice due to the threat of Hurricane Matthew. The bank’s Inagua branch closed after a half day yesterday.

• THE second annual Run for Pompey, set for Georgetown, Exuma on Saturday, has been postponed due to the expected passing of Hurricane Matthew this week.

Jeff Todd, race founder and Director of Communications for GIV Bahamas, said: “Our first thought is with the people of the Bahamas, many of whom are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Joaquin last year.

“Once Matthew has passed, we will assess and then announce a new date but we are hoping that it will be very soon, as early as later this month or in November.”

Held for the first time last year, the Run for Pompey attracted nearly 200 participants, including many local schoolchildren.

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News date : 10/04/2016    Category : Caribbean News, Tribune Stories

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