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ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA

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#Bahamas, September 19, 2017 – Nassau – ALERT #3 ON HURRICANE MARIA ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY TUESDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 2017 AT 6PM EDT.

…POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC HURRICANE MARIA IS EXPECTED TO PASS NEAR THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT AND OVER PUERTO RICO WEDNESDAY…

A  HURRICANE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.    THIS INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.   

A HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS WITHIN 48 HOURS.

AT 5PM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 64.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 80 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAINT CROIX, 175 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO, 268 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, 695 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF MATTHEW TOWN INAGUA AND 1036 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. 

MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 10 MPH, AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.   ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE EYE OF MARIA WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS TONIGHT, ACROSS PUERTO RICO ON WEDNESDAY, AND THEN PASS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 165 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.   MARIA IS A POTENTIALLY A CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.    SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO, BUT MARIA IS FORECAST TO REMAIN AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 OR 5 HURRICANE UNTIL IT MOVES NEAR OR OVER THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND PUERTO RICO.    SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED AFTER THE HURRICANE EMERGES OVER THE ATLANTIC NORTH OF PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

 HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 35 MILES FROM THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES FROM THE CENTER.

RESIDENTS IN INAGUA, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLANDS, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, SAMANA CAY, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS SHOULD RUSH TO COMPLETE  ALL HURRICANE PREPARATIONS AS THEY CAN BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE MARIA WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.   

 SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR FOR THEIR VESSELS.

THE NEXT ALERT ON HURRICANE MARIA WILL BE ISSUED AT 9PM TODAY.

ISSUED BY: JEFFREY SIMMONS/MARY BUTLER

 

 

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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Statement From The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs – On Order  For All Bahamians  To Leave Haiti

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#TheBahamas, January 26, 2023 – The Prime Minister  has ordered an immediate involuntary  departure from Haiti  of all diplomatic  personnel or as soon as security conditions  permit.Up to this time, there was a voluntary departure order in place and all staff at the embassy  chose to stay.  Per the new instructions, they are to leave for home as soon as conditions  permit.  This is only a temporary  measure in light of recent developments  which require a corporate  security and intelligence  assessment  and restaging.This morning  the Chargè  reported that they had been stopped by Haitian police and relieved of their vehicle and weapons. This is part of a protest by the Haitian National Police against  their own authorities.All of our diplomats are personally  safe.There also is a report  of 5 Bahamians from Bahamasair who landed at Port Au Prince Airport who were unable to leave the environs of the airport.  They are all safe and well.  The security situation  appears less stable over the past three days in the country, and we are taking steps out of an abundance  of caution.The pattern of security concerns is one of ebb and flow and these withdrawals are sometimes  necessary  to regroup.  The Security Forces  in our country have been alerted to these developments.  As soon as conditions  permit a team will be sent back into Haiti without further announcement.PLQ
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Bahamas takes in 396 Haitian migrants; shocking interception

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By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer

 

 

 

#TheBahamas, January 25, 2023 – In what is being described by Bahamian officials as one of the largest human smuggling incidents in the region, 394 Haitian migrants were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard near Cay Sal Island on Saturday, January 21.

According to immigration officials in The Bahamas, the migrants will be processed on the island of Inagua and later repatriated.

US Coast Guard spokeswoman Nicole Groll described the condition of the intercepted boat to the Associated Press on Monday. She said, “it was grossly overloaded and very much unsafe.”

The officials did not provide any further information on the matter.

The recent apprehension brings the total number of Haitian migrants intercepted in Bahamian waters since the start of the year to just over five hundred (500) persons.

Due to the worsening humanitarian, a surge in gang violence and deepening political instability in Haiti, thousands of Haitians are fleeing their country in search of a better life for themselves and family.

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