Hurricane Season 2019

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 27th to 2nd April, 2020

March 28, 2020

General Situation: A weak frontal system currently over the Central Bahamas will dissipate by tomorrow. High pressure will dominate weather conditions across the country through Wednesday. A weak cold front will make its way into the Northwest Bahamas during the morning hours on Wednesday and continue southeastward across the Central Bahamas Thursday morning. Winds are expected increase ahead and behind the front, but should fall off quickly...

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 23th to 29th March, 2020

March 23, 2020

General Situation: High pressure will remain in control of the weather pattern for the next few days producing generally fair conditions. A weak frontal trough will move into the Northwest Bahamas Thursday morning and quickly dissipate. The trough, however; will not produce much in the form of precipitation. So the expectation is for only a few spotty showers with no significant rainfall through the forecast period. Winds will veer more toward the south and southwest, ahead of the trough, Wednesday through Thursday resulting in warming temperatures...

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Weather by Phone for Tonight and Tomorrow Monday 24Th, 2020
Weather by Phone for Tonight and Tomorrow Monday 24Th, 2020

February 24, 2020

WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION DUE TO THE THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG EAST COAST BEACHES...

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 24th February to the 1st March, 2020
Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 24th February to the 1st March, 2020

February 24, 2020

General Situation: A ridge of high pressure will keep conditions breezy across the Bahamas today and tomorrow. A cold front accompanied by scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will move into the NW Bahamas late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The front is expected to move quickly across the island chain reaching the Central Bahamas during the afternoon on Thursday and Southeast Bahamas Thursday evening where it is expected to stall and become stationary. The front is expected to remain stationary across the area until Saturday evening when it is expected to exit the Bahamas. High pressure will build once again behind the front giving rise to breezy conations for the remainder of the forecast period...

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Weather by Phone for Tonight and Tomorrow Thursday 20th February, 2020
Weather by Phone for Tonight and Tomorrow Thursday 20th February, 2020

February 21, 2020

WARNINGS: IN THE EXTREME NORTHWEST BAHAMAS, SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR TONIGHT. MOTORIST AND PEDESTRIANS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION ALONG SEA WALLS AND COASTAL ROADS ESPECIALLY THE FISHING HOLE ROAD. SWIMMERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD REFRAIN FROM ENTERING THE WATER DUE TO ROUGH SURF AND RIP CURRENTS...

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More Hurricane News

Minister advises homeless community to seek help from Social Services

March 27, 2020

Minister of Social Services Frankie Campbell today advised homeless people, who have nowhere to go during curfew, to seek assistance from the Department of Social Services.

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Home Delivery Alcohol - Out Of Order
Home Delivery Alcohol - Out Of Order

March 27, 2020

POLICE Commissioner Anthony Ferguson said a local liquor store was prevented yesterday from launching a delivery service because it breached emergency orders now in effect and liquor licence provisions...

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100 New Refrigerators donated to Grand Bahama Homeowners
100 New Refrigerators donated to Grand Bahama Homeowners

March 17, 2020

Over the past several weeks, the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation (GBDRF), the charitable arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited (GBPA), along with GBPA volunteers, have distributed brand new refrigerators to more than 100 homeowners in communities across the island - yet another step toward turning local houses into homes...

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Prime Minister's speech on COVID-19 in full
Prime Minister's speech on COVID-19 in full

March 15, 2020

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis addressed the nation on Sunday with regards to the government's COVID-19 response...

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Bahamian Brewery on Track to meet its Rebuild and Restoration Goals

March 13, 2020

Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company Limited and Bahamians across the country have been counting the months, weeks, and days for production to resume on the company’s Truly Bahamian brands. Over the past few months, the company has marked a series of major milestones as it moves toward the official relaunch of the Brewery’s Grand Bahama operation and the return of its popular brands, including Sands, Sands Light, and Bushcrack...

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Authority leading ambitious multi-million dollar housing, home repair initiatives in Grand Bahama and Abaco

March 11, 2020

The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority is leading ambitious housing and home repair programs in Abaco and Grand Bahama designed to assist residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Dorian...

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Authority Thanks NGO Community at Florida Event

March 11, 2020

Members of the local and international NGO community were thanked for their significant assistance to The Bahamas as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian at a press conference in Florida marking the six-month period since the Category 5 storm hit Abaco and Grand Bahama.

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Families File Lawsuits Over Dorian Insurance Payouts
Families File Lawsuits Over Dorian Insurance Payouts

March 11, 2020

LAWSUITS have been filed against insurance companies in Freeport over their alleged failure to make proper payment for insurance claims filed over property damage associated with Hurricane Dorian...

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hurch To Help With Burial Of Unidentified Dorian Victims
hurch To Help With Burial Of Unidentified Dorian Victims

March 10, 2020

THE Bahamas Christian Council is willing to assist the government with the burial of unidentified Dorian victims.Bishop Delton Fernander, BCC president, made the comment after a representative from the Disaster Reconstruction Authority told reporters...

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Hurricane Clear-Up Has Cost 20m So Far
Hurricane Clear-Up Has Cost $20m So Far

March 10, 2020

TWENTY million dollars has been spent so far on Hurricane Dorian debris cleanup in Grand Bahama and Abaco...

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Preparing your home | Hurricane Seaso


Tips on preparing your home for a storm

  • Clear away any debris in your yard and bring any loose items such as patio furniture inside or anchor them securely

  • Trim trees

  • Repair any leaks or damaged areas of your roof

  • Clean your gutters and clear any drains

  • Prepare shutters or plywood to cover all windows

  • Prepare sandbags for use at entryways to help keep out potential floodwater

  • Clean out your freezer and refrigerator removing all perishable items. Turn the refrigerator on MAXIMUM COLD and open as little as possible

  • Close and secure all propane tanks

  • Fill your tub and other bottles with tap water for bathing and general use


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The Saffir-Simpson Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Scale is the scale used to measure the intensity of hurricanes. It has 5 categories with a category 5 being the strongest and most destructive marked by sustained winds exceeding 157mph.

Saffir-Simpson Scale | Hurricane Season 2017

Category 1 - Sustained winds 74-95mph
Very dangerous winds will produce some damage: Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.

Category 2 - Sustained winds 96-110mph
Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.

Category 3 - Sustained winds 111-129mph
Devastating damage will occur: Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.

Category 4 - Sustained winds 130-156mph
Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

Category 5 - Sustained winds 157mph+
Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.


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