Hurricane Season 2017

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Still In Effect for Andros, Abaco and New Providence
Severe Thunderstorm Warning Still In Effect for Andros, Abaco and New Providence

December 09, 2017

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTH ANDROS, ELEUTHERA AND THE EXUMA CAYS AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

AT 5:55PM OBSERVATION, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING WESTWARD ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF ANDROS, BERRY ISLANDS, ABACO, GRAND BAHAMA AND NEW PROVIDENCE.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect for Andros, Abaco and New Providence
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning In Effect for Andros, Abaco and New Providence

December 09, 2017

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL ANDORS, CENTRAL AND SOUTH ABACO AND NEW PROVIDENCE AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

AT 4:25PM OBSERVATION, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING WESTWARD ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF ANDROS, BERRY ISLANDS, ABACO, GRAND BAHAMA AND NEW PROVIDENCE.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued

December 09, 2017

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH ANDORS, BERRY ISLAND AND ABACO AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

AT 3:00PM OBSERVATION, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY DEPICTED A CLUSTER OF THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A STRONG COLD FRONT MOVING WESTWARD ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF ANDROS, BERRY ISLANDS, ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA.

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Weather Forecast for The Bahamas December 1-6, 2017
Weather Forecast for The Bahamas December 1-6, 2017

December 01, 2017

A developing surface low pressure system east of the Bahamas will move eastward as a surface trough drags southward through the SE Bahamas. Meanwhile high pressure system north of the area will produce brisk winds over the NW Bahamas...

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News Item on Tropical Storm Rina

November 09, 2017

NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM RINA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT 6AM THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2017...

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More Hurricane News

Weather Forecast March 20-25, 2018
Weather Forecast March 20-25, 2018

March 20, 2018

High pressure system over the area slides southeastward as a cold front quickly moves through the Bahamas early Wednesday through late Thursday. The tail end of a second cold front will skirt the NW Bahamas as it is pulled northeast of the islands on Friday...

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Weather Forecast for March 9-14, 2018
Weather Forecast for March 9-14, 2018

March 09, 2018

A cold front around the Central Bahamas will move southeastward and exit the SE Bahamas on Friday as it weakens. High pressure ridge will gradually replace the front across the Bahamas...

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Weather Forecast March 6-11, 2018
Weather Forecast March 6-11, 2018

March 06, 2018

High pressure ridge across area will weaken as it shifts eastward today through Tuesday. A cold front will approach the Bahamas by late Tuesday and then it will move through the NW and Central Bahamas...

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Weather Forecast March 2-7, 2018
Weather Forecast March 2-7, 2018

March 02, 2018

Weak high pressure ridge will shift east of the area as a cold front makes its way through the Bahamas by Friday afternoon. This front will likely stall across the Bahamas as high pressure system

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Weather Forecast February 27-March 4, 2018
Weather Forecast February 27-March 4, 2018

February 27, 2018

Broad high pressure ridge will continue to produce sunny and mostly dry conditions across the Bahamas as it weakens through Thursday. A cold front will move off South Florida’s...

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Weather Forecast February 23-28, 2018
Weather Forecast February 23-28, 2018

February 23, 2018

Large strong high pressure system in the Western Atlantic Ocean continues dominate the weather pattern across the Bahamas through the weekend...

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Weather Forecast February 20-25, 2018
Weather Forecast February 20-25, 2018

February 20, 2018

A dominant strong high pressure system in the Western Atlantic Ocean continues to produce brisk winds across the Bahamas as a weak upper level trough trigger some unsettled weather from time to time...

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Weather Forecast February 2-7, 2018

February 02, 2018

GENERAL SITUATION: A WEAK AND DRY COLD FRONT WILL MOVE SOUTWARD ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS ON FRIDAY FOLLOWED BY A SECOND COLD FRONT MONDAY MORNING...

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Immigration free writ detainees

December 12, 2017

OFFICIALS at the Department of Immigration have released two men from custody who filed legal applications in the Supreme Court last week questioning the lawfulness of their recent detention at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre...

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Weather Forecast December 8-13, 2017
Weather Forecast December 8-13, 2017

December 08, 2017

A ridge of high pressure over the area will slide eastward as a stationary front and pre-frontal activity affects the Florida region. A cold front will move into the Bahamas late Friday with unsettled weather and windy conditions affecting the NW and Central Bahamas...

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Forecasters predict an above average hurricane season for 2017Forecasters predict an above average hurricane season for 2017

As hurricane season begins, forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say all signs point to another active hurricane season. Although The Bahamas usually becomes more concerned with activity between August and November, after suffering direct hits from two major hurricanes in the last two years Bahamians are taking no chances.

According to NOAA, there will be approximately 9-11 ...
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NOAA 2017 Hurricane Season Outlook


Preparing your home | Hurricane Season 2017



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.

Understanding Hurricanes



Hurricane Shelters

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Hurricane Names for 2017

Hurricane Names for 2017


Hurricane Checklist


FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY

  • WATER– 1 gallon per day per person for 7-10 days

  • FOOD– nonperishable canned or pack-aged food (i.e.– peanut butter, crack-ers, granola/cereal bars, cereal, chips, dried/canned fruit, nuts, canned meats, dried pasta, baby food, etc.)

  • Manual can opener

  • Propane camp stove w/ extra fuel

  • Disposable cups, plates & utensils

  • Cooking tools (small pot & pan, metal utensils)

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries (toilet paper, baby wipes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

  • Prescription medications

  • First aid kit (bandaids, gauze, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, cortisone ointment/gel for bug bites, painkillers, etc.)

  • Insect repellent

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Bleach

  • Water purification tablets (chlorine)

  • Trash bags

  • Toolkit (duct tape, pocket knife, multi-tool, etc.)

  • Flashlight w/ extra batteries

  • Battery operated radio

  • Important documents (keys, pass-ports, all photo identification, insur-ance papers, medical records, bank cards & records, national insurance and/or social security cards all sealed in a watertight re-sealable plastic bag)

  • Closed shoes (in the event of floodwater)

  • Extra clothing

  • Pillows & blankets

  • Towels

  • Books, games, & toys

  • Axe (in the event of rising floodwaters an axe can be a critical tool to break into your attic or out through your roof)

  • Generator w/ extra diesel or gasoline

  • Full tank of gas in your car

  • Extra cash as ATMs may not work

FOR YOUR PET
  • Ample food & water supply

  • Proper identification

  • Immunization records

  • Medications

  • Carrier/cage

  • Leash & muzzle

Please remember to make plans for your pet in the event of evacuation. Many shel-ters do not accept animals. Please never leave your pets tied outside during a storm.

Emergency Contacts

  • For POLICE dial 919 or 911*

  • NEMA 322-6081

  • BASRA 325-8864

  • BEC/BPL 323-5561/4

  • Water & Sewerage 325-4504

  • National Emergency Medical Services 323-2597 (919 or 911)