Hurricane Season 2019

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 5th to 11th December 2019

December 05, 2019

General Situation: A reinforcing cold front over the Central Bahamas will continue to move southeastward through the SE Bahamas today and eventually merge with a stationary front south of the area through Friday. Meanwhile, a high pressure system will gradually build over the southern United States and it will slide over the western Atlantic waters north of the Bahamas as stationary front dissipates south of the Bahamas on Saturday. High pressure ridge will dominate the weather across the area through Tuesday with another cold front potentially moving towards or across the NW Bahamas on Wednesday...

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The Bahamas Marine Forecast for 24 hours from 6pm Tuesday 3rd December 2019

December 04, 2019

WARNINGS: BEACHGOERS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR THE THREAT OF RIP CURRENTS ALONG NORTH COAST BEACHES.

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 2nd to 8th December 2019

December 03, 2019

General Situation: A cold front over the NW Bahamas will continue to move southeastward while high pressure ridge issues cooler and drier conditions across the island chain in its wake. As high pressure ridge weakens north of the area another cold front will move near the Northwest Bahamas and shift eastward on Wednesday, followed by a weak cold front moving into the NW Bahamas on Thursday. As the weak front dissipates over the Bahamas a third front will move into the NW Bahamas pushed by a building high pressure ridge through the area. The front will shift through the Central Bahamas as high pressure builds in its wake...

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Bahamas Public Forecast for this Afternoon and Tonight Monday 2nd December 2019 at 12pm

December 02, 2019

GENERAL SITUATION: A COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON FOLLOWED BY BUILDING HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE OVER THE AREA...

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Seven Day Forecast for the Bahamas from 28th to 04th December 2019

November 28, 2019

General Situation: A weak high pressure ridge continues to provide mostly pleasant weather conditions over the Bahamas as a weak cold front enters the NW Bahamas by late Thursday to early Friday. The front will usher in dryer air and gradually dissipate across the NW Bahamas by late Friday or early Saturday. A weak high pressure ridge will remain over the area through the weekend as another stronger cold front moves into the NW Bahamas late Monday into early Tuesday. By Wednesday, cooler and drier conditions will prevail across the Bahamas as front exits east and south of the area...

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More Hurricane News

GBDRF Takes Grand Bahama’s Dorian Story and a need for Climate Resiliency to The United Nation’s Meeting in NYC

December 09, 2019

Climate Change Resilience and a sustainable future for Grand Bahama Island took centre stage at a meeting of global stakeholders in November. The meeting hosted by the Nexus Global community - founded to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship - and the United Nations brought together scores of the world’s largest global foundations and disaster relief practitioners at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. The mission: to discuss the impact of storms like Hurricane Dorian on small island developing states like The Bahamas and to plan for a resilient future...

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Hero World Challenge Donates $184,500 to the One Bahamas Fund

December 09, 2019

Hero World Challenge Donates $184,500 to the One Bahamas Fund. From left Tiger Woods, Dr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman and CEO of Hero MotoCorp and Dionisio D’Aguilar, Bahamas Minister of Tourism and Aviation. Creators of the ONE Bahamas Fund - Justin Timberlake, Tiger Woods, NEXUS Luxury Collection, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and members from the ALBANY community - have pledged $6 million toward Hurricane Dorian relief and rebuilding efforts to be matched by those who share their passion to help those impacted by the devastating hurricane.

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NEMA at 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management

December 06, 2019

The Bahamas, through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is being represented at the 11th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) in Sint Maarten under the theme “The Road to Resilience Checkpoint 2019 - Safeguarding Our Communities, Livelihoods and Economies”...

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Prime Minister thanks NEMA and Public Officers for Hurricane Dorian efforts

December 06, 2019

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis thanked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other public officers who were on the frontline and in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...

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PM: We Owe You So Much - Thank You
PM: We Owe You So Much - Thank You

December 06, 2019

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday thanked the National Emergency Management Agency and other public officers who served on the frontline and helped in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...

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Prime Minister thanks NEMA and Public Officers for Hurricane Dorian efforts

December 05, 2019

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis thanked the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other public officers who were on the frontline and in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...

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Minister Thompson Promotes ‘Rebuilding Smart,’ to Small Businesses Eligible for Technology Innovation Grant

December 05, 2019

Opening a ‘Rebuilding Smart, Using Technology’ workshop on Monday at the Grand Lucayan, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Kwasi Thompson noted that reconstruction and recovery of Grand Bahama’s small business community is critical to the island’s recovery since Hurricane Dorian, and that “rebuilding provides us with the opportunity to do so using smart technology. If we have to rebuild anyway, we might as well rebuild using the latest technology.”..

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Gov’t Praised for Awarding Complicated Hurricane Clean Up to Locals

December 05, 2019

Government is to be applauded for awarding hurricane debris removal contracts to local businesses, a move which not only boosts employment numbers but also stimulates the local economy, said Caribbean Pavement Solutions (CPS), one of the companies tasked with cleaning up the colossal mess Dorian left behind in Abaco...

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Standardization Regional Workshop, a Stepping Stone for Hurricane Dorian Recovery Efforts

December 04, 2019

Three months since the passage of 2019’s monster Hurricane Dorian, The Bahamas is hosting a regional workshop geared toward rebuilding quality infrastructure. The program is focusing particularly on the area of trade, based on the framework of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers of Trade (WTO/TBT) Agreement...

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Happy Staff, get a much-needed Break off the Rock!

December 04, 2019

It takes a lot to make the staff at Grand Bahama’s Happiest Hotel un-happy but the passage of Hurricane Dorian came very close. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, however, the Pelican Bay family banded together to support each other through this time of transition. Once the all-clear was given Pelican Bay Resorts opened immediately with every useable room made available to accommodate relief and essential services workers from around the world...

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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.

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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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