Hurricane Season 2019

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Severe Weather Warning Update for South Eleuthera, The Northern Exuma Chain From Norman's Cay North, North Andros and The Berry Islands
Severe Weather Warning Update for South Eleuthera, The Northern Exuma Chain From Norman's Cay North, North Andros and The Berry Islands

December 23, 2019

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH ELEUTHERA AND THE NORTHERN EXUMA CHAIN FROM NORMAN’S CAY NORTH AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH ANDROS AND THE BERRY ISLANDS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS...

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Severe Weather Warning Update for Eleuthera, The Norther Exuma Chain from Norma's Cay North, and for Bimini
Severe Weather Warning Update for Eleuthera, The Norther Exuma Chain from Norma's Cay North, and for Bimini

December 23, 2019

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ELEUTHERA, THE NORTHERN EXUMA CHAIN FROM NORMAN’S CAY NORTH, AND FOR BIMINI, ALONG WITH THEIR ADJACENT WATERS. AT 11:30 AM LIGHTNING DETECTOR, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A LINE OF ORGANIZED SHOWERS WITH EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A FRONTAL BOUNDARY MOVING EASTWARDS TOWARDS AND ACROSS THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS...

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Severe Weather Warning Update for Grand Bahama, Bimini, The Berry Islands, Abaco, North Andros and New Providence
Severe Weather Warning Update for Grand Bahama, Bimini, The Berry Islands, Abaco, North Andros and New Providence

December 23, 2019

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR GRAND BAHAMA, BIMINI, THE BERRY ISLANDS, AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ABACO, NORTH ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE AND THEIR COASTAL WATERS.

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Severe Weather Warning Update for Inagua, Mayaguana, Turks and Caicos Islands and Their Adjacent Waters
Severe Weather Warning Update for Inagua, Mayaguana, Turks and Caicos Islands and Their Adjacent Waters

December 20, 2019

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS...

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Severe Weather Warning for Acklins, Inagua, Mayaguana and Their Adjacent Waters
Severe Weather Warning for Acklins, Inagua, Mayaguana and Their Adjacent Waters

December 20, 2019

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ACKLINS, INAGUA, MAYAGUANA AND THEIR ADJACENT WATERS...

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More Hurricane News

Ministry of Social Services - Transitional Housing for Shelterees

January 23, 2020

The Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development wishes to advise the general public that the Ministry has entered into an agreement with Poinciana Inn that will help to further reduce the number of persons residing in the two remaining shelters located at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium and The Bahamas Academy Auditorium...

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Evacuees Moving To 90-Day Hotel
Evacuees Moving To 90-Day Hotel

January 23, 2020

FIFTY rooms at the Poinciana Inn will temporarily shelter Hurricane Dorian victims in an agreement between the government and the hotel, the Ministry of Social Services announced yesterday...

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Vibes of The Islands Benefit Concert Trip Giveaway

January 22, 2020

The Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC) and Dasani will give one lucky shopper the chance to win a trip to the Vibes of the Island concert, complete with hotel accommodations and airfare for two, plus $500 spending cash. The benefit concert, taking place on March 28 in Miami Fl., will feature reggae icons Protoje and the Indiggnation, Agent Sasco and the Sound Agents along with Dj's Dutty Dex and Richie D. One hundred percent of the concert’s net proceeds will go towards a sustainable rebuilding project benefitting children of the Northern Bahamas, who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian...

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Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center Made Donation to Hurricane Dorian Relief

January 22, 2020

Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center made a donation of $100,000 to the Bahamas Government for Hurricane Dorian Relief, January 21, 2020 at Baha Mar, where Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's Marketplace convention is being held, January 21 to 23...

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Disaster Reconstruction Authority and NGOs team to assist hundreds of central Abaco homeowners with repairs

January 21, 2020

The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority is collaborating with NGOs to assist hundreds of homeowners in central Abaco with repairs...

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Health Minister Thanks Samaritan’s Purse for Providing Medical Treatment to Many Post Hurricane Dorian

January 21, 2020

President of Samaritan’s Purse, Evangelist Franklin Graham, visited Grand Bahama on Friday to tour Samaritan’s Purse mobile medical unit and the Rand Memorial Hospital, which is currently being renovated following Hurricane Dorian. During his visit he was thanked by Cabinet Ministers on behalf of the Government and people of The Bahamas for the medical assistance Samaritan’s Purse has rendered since the passage of Hurricane Dorian...

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Statement from Disaster Reconstruction Authority on Temporary Housing Domes

January 21, 2020

The Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority is working to provide temporary housing solutions for Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian...

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Road Access Still Blocked After Dorian
Road Access Still Blocked After Dorian

January 20, 2020

FIVE months after Hurricane Dorian, road access in some private subdivisions in East Grand Bahama are still blocked. Some residents say the state of the community poses safety risks. Boats are still blocking roadways, and there are also downed pole...

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Disaster Reconstruction Authority meets with hundreds of Marsh Harbour residents

January 20, 2020

Hundreds of residents of Marsh Harbour were in attendance at a town hall meeting Thursday night hosted by the Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority and Local Government..

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Atlanta Gospel Artist Obie One B.A. Delivers Items To Grand Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Victims

January 20, 2020

After seeing how Bahamians in Grand Bahama are still in desperate need months after Hurricane Dorian, Atlanta-based gospel recording artist Obie One B.A. went to the island to personally distribute items to those trying to rebuild their lives...

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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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