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News item on Tropical Storm Leslie and Hurricane Michael, Monday 8th October, 2018

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#Nassau, October 8, 2018 – Bahamas – NEWS ITEM ON TROPICAL STORM LESLIE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT NOON MONDAY OCTOBER 08TH, 2018.

… LESLIE EXPECTED TO BEGIN STRENGTHENING LATER TODAY OR TONIGHT…

AT 11:00 AM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM LESLIE WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 34.6°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 47.0° WEST OR ABOUT 1035 MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA OR 1135 MILES WEST OF THE AZORES.

LESLIE IS MOVING TOWARD THE EAST-SOUTHEAST AT 14 MPH.  AN EAST-SOUTHEAST TO SOUTHEAST MOTION IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 50 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  GRADUAL STRENGTHENING IS ANTICIPATED, AND LESLIE COULD BE NEAR HURRICANE STRENGTH IN A FEW DAYS.

THE NEXT NEWS ITEM WILL BE ISSUED AT 6:00 PM.

 

 

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NEWS ITEM ON HURRICANE MICHAEL ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FORECAST OFFICE SECTION, AT NOON MONDAY OCTOBER 08TH, 2018.

 

…MICHAEL BECOMES A HURRICANE AND CONTINUED STRENGTHENING EXPECTED…

 

AT 11:00 AM EDT, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE MICHAEL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.2°NORTH AND LONGITUDE 84.9° WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES SOUTH OF THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA.

MICHAEL IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH AT 7 MPH.  A NORTHWARD MOTION AT A SLIGHTLY FASTER FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT, FOLLOWED BY A NORTHEASTWARD MOTION ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTER OF MICHAEL WILL MOVE NORTHWARD NEAR THE WESTERN TIP OF CUBA THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF MEXICO BY TONIGHT.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 75 MILES MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  STEADY TO RAPID STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO, AND MICHAEL IS FORECAST TO BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BY TUESDAY OR TUESDAY NIGHT.

 

PREPARED BY FORECASTER: GEOFFREY GREENE

 

 

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Three dead in Cuba as unnamed storm drowns residents and homes; leaves Bahamas & Bermuda drenched

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By Deandrea Hamilton & Shanieka Smith

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#Cuba, June 6, 2022 – Caribbean countries should now be alert because weather warnings are being issued. The hurricane season officially began Tuesday (June 1) and according to a report by AccuWeather, “meteorologists say there is already some risk that the burgeoning tropical rainstorm, which would be named Alex…”

On Friday, islands in the northern Bahamas were put under Tropical Storm Warning; the air and seaports were closed. These were discontinued by noon on Sunday.  Localised flooding was the worst of it for the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco still trying to recover from 2019’s Hurricane Dorian; there was an audible sigh of relief.

 It was a far more harrowing story for Cuba, which had a deadly encounter.

“Strong, heavy rain and electrical storms have been affecting the western and central regions of Cuba with accumulations greater than 200 millimeters (eight inches), which will continue for the rest of today and tomorrow, Saturday,” the Cuban Weather Office forecast.

Agatha crashed into southern Mexico and the Atlantic with potential to redevelop as a tropical storm, the Miami-based US National Hurricane Center said.

“The death of two people in the province of Havana and a missing person in Pinar del Río are regretted,” said the Cuban News Agency.

By Monday, that death toll was increased to three and hundreds of homes damaged by fast moving water and flooding.

Bermuda met up with Tropical Storm Alex once named, and as it excited The Bahamas.  The storm on Sunday night and into Monday, with winds at 60 mph, slapped the tiny British overseas territory with huge sea swells.

Tropical Storm Alex rushed past, moving 29mph in an ENE direction and north of Bermuda; thankfully a relatively uneventful encounter.

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OFFICIAL ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS 2022 HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING

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#TheBahamas, May 26, 2022 – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has released its Official List of Shelters for the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season which commences June 1 and ends November 30, 2022.

Weather forecasters at The Bahamas Department of Meteorology are predicting another above-average season with 19 named storms, including  9 hurricanes, four of which are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher with maximum sustained winds of 111mph or higher) on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.

There are two main drivers for this Season’s forecast: An El Nino weather event is not expected in the Pacific during the 2022 Hurricane Season, and water temperatures in the Atlantic are hotter than normal. When an El Nino forms in the Pacific, it produces strong wind-shear in the upper levels of the atmosphere across the Atlantic Ocean which limits the formation of hurricanes. Warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic, on the other hand, fuels the formation of hurricanes. With the absence of an El Nino, the 2022 Season is expected to be active.

The names of the 2022 Atlantic storm are as follows: Alex, Bonnie, Colin, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston, Hermine, Ian, Julia, Karl, Lisa, Martin, Nicole, Owen, Paula, Richard, Shary, Tobias, Virginie, and Walter.

The National Emergency Management Agency urges all Bahamians and residents, who have not already done so, to finalize their individual, family and business plans ahead of the start of the Season. Those plans should include an Emergency Supplies/Preparedness Kit that should include a small First Aid Kit and needed medications, non-perishable food items, battery powered radios, flashlights, extra batteries, hygiene products, masks, whistles (for alerting others if necessary), copies of important documents such as insurance papers and identification (sealed), a list of emergency numbers, cash in small bills, rope, tools, and clothing.

 

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT  DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS 2022 OFFICIAL HURRICANE SHELTERS

(UPDATED AS AT 13 MAY, 2022)

 

ABACO, CENTRAL DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Central Abaco Primary School Dundas Town
2. Friendship Tabernacle Dundas Town
3. Guana Cay Primary School Guana Cay
4. Man-O-War Primary School Man-O-War Cay
5. Hope Town Primary School Hope Town

ABACO, NORTH DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Amy Roberts Primary Pre-School Green Turtle Cay
2. Faithwalk Church of God, Community Centre Cooper’s Town
3. Grand Cay All Age School Pre-school Block Grand Cay

 ABACO, SOUTH DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Crossing Rocks Primary School Crossing Rocks
2. Moore’s Island School Moore’s Island
3. Sandy Point Community Centre Earnest Dean Highway
4. Soul Seeking Ministry Moore’s Island

 ACKLINS

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Acklins Community Centre Spring Point

 ANDROS, CENTRAL DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Bowen Sound Pentecostal Church Bowen Sound
2. Church of God Cargill Creek
3. Highway Church of God Blanket Sound
4. Miracle Revival International Calabash Bay
5. Mt. Ethel Baptist Love Hill
6. Mt. Siani Baptist Church Calabash Bay
7. St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church Behring Point
8. Stafford Creek Primary School Stafford Creek

 ANDROS, MANGROVE CAY DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Burnt Rock Primary Burnt Rock
2. Mangrove Cay High School Swains, Mangrove Cay
3. St. Peters Baptist Church Little Harbour, Mangrove Cay

 ANDROS, NORTH DISTRICT

NO.                               NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. B. A. Newton Primary School Red Bays
2. BARTAD Building BARC Community
3. Clara Evans Primary School Nicholls Town
4. Ebenezer Baptist Church South Mastic Point
5. First Baptist Church San Andros

 ANDROS, SOUTH DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Deep Creek Primary School Deep Creek
2. Friendship Baptist Church The Bluff
3. Long Bays Cay Preschool Long Bay
4. Mount Olive Baptist Church Smith’s Hill
5. St. Paul’s Baptist Church Black Point
6. The Doctor’s Residence (Special Needs Clinic) The Bluff

 BERRY ISLANDS, GREAT HARBOUR CAY

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Church of God of Prophecy Great Harbour Cay
2. Community Centre Bullocks Harbour

 BIMINI

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Gateway Gymnasium Bailey Town
2. Louise McDonald High School Alice Town
3. Urban Renewal (Special Needs Shelter) Alice Town

 CAT ISLAND

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Lovely Zion Baptist Church The Bluff
2. Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Douds
3. Seaview Seventh Day Adventist Church Wilson Bay
4. St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Arthur’s Town
5. St. Mark’s Anglican Church Port Howe
6. Zion Baptist Church McQueen’s

 CROOKED ISLAND & LONG CAY

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
             1. All Saints Anglican Church, Priest Residence

(Colonel Hill and Church Grove Residents)

 

Church Grove, Crooked Island

             2. Church of God of Prophecy

(Landrail Point, Richmond, Moss Town and Cripple Hill Residents)

 

Cripple Hill, Crooked Island

             3. Command Centre

Administrator’s Residence/Local Government Building

 

Colonel Hill, Crooked Island

             4. Kenneth Farquharson’s Residence

(Long Cay Residents)

 

Albert Town, Long Cay

 ELEUTHERA, CENTRAL DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Camp Symonette James Cistern, Gregory Town
2. Church of The Nazarene Palmetto Point
3. Emily G. Petty Primary School Governor’s Harbour
4. George E. Johnson Hatchet Bay
5. The Salvation Army Palmetto Point
6. Wesley Methodist Church Hall Palmetto Point

 ELEUTHERA, NORTH DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Charles Wesley Methodist Church Lower Bogue
2. Mission Church of God Upper Bogue
3. New Jerusalem Church Blackwood
4. The Current Community Centre The Current
5. The Haitian Baptist People Church The Bluff
6. Zion Methodist Church Current Island

 ELEUTHERA, SOUTH DISTRICT

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Church of God of Prophecy Tarpum Bay
2. Deep Creek Primary School Deep Creek
3. Green Castle Primary School Green Castle
4. Rock Sound Primary School Rock Sound
5. Wemyss Bight Primary School Wemyss Bight

 EXUMA

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
                    1. Bethel Union Baptist Church Ramsey
                    2. Calvary Mission Baptist Church Rolleville
                    3. Ebenezer Union Baptist Church Farmer’s Hill
                    4. Ebenezer Union Baptist Church Barraterre
                    5. Exuma Resource Centre Hoopers’ Bay
                    6. Gethsemane Baptist Church Black Point
                    7. Mt. Herman Union Baptist Church Mt. Thompson
                    8. Mt. Sinai Union Baptist Church Stuart Manor
                    9. Palestine Union Baptist Church The Forest
                10. St. Andrew’s Community Centre George Town
                11. St. Luke’s Baptist Church and/or Airport Terminal Black Point
                12. St. Margaret’s Anglican Church Harts/Steventon
                13. St. Mary’s Magdalene  Anglican Church Williams Town
                14. St. Matthew’s Union Baptist Church The Ferry
                15. St. Theresa’s Catholic Church George Town

 GRAND BAHAMA

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
                    1. Bethany Baptist Church Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock
                    2. Bethel Baptist Church Pinedale
                    3. Bethel Deliverance Centre Jones Town, Eight Mile Rock
                    4. Bishop Michael Eldon School/Auditorium East Beachway Drive, Freeport
                    5. Calvary Temple Small Chapel Clive Avenue, Freeport
                    6. Central Zion Baptist Church Eight Mile Rock
                    7. Church of God of Prophecy Pinedale
                    8. Church of the Ascension Arden Forest Road, Freeport
                    9. Community Holiness Church Martin Town
                10. Eight Mile Rock Gymnasium Eight Mile Rock
                11. Eight Mile Rock High School Eight Mile Rock
                12. First Baptist Church Columbus Drive, Freeport
                13. Foster B. Pestina Hall (Christ the King) (Special Needs Shelter) East Atlantic Drive, Freeport
                14. Maurice Moore Primary School Sandcombe Drive, Arden Forest, Freeport
                15. Mount Calvary Baptist Educational Building Seagrape
                16. New Olivet Baptist Church Holmes Rock
                17. St. George’s Gymnasium Sunset Highway, Freeport
                18. Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church Sandcombe Drive, Freeport

 HARBOUR ISLAND

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. Harbour Island Public Library Harbour Island
2. Lighthouse Church of God Harbour Island
3. New Alliance Church of God Harbour Island

 

 INAGUA

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church Matthew Town
2. St. Phillips Anglican Community Centre Matthew Town
3. Zion Baptist Church Matthew Town

 LONG ISLAND

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
       1. Assemblies of God Salt Pond
       2. Community Centre Clarence Town
       3. Highway Church of God Doctors Creek
       4. Holy Cross Anglican Church Hamiltons
       5. Holy Family Anglican Church Mortimers
       6. Salem Baptist Church Millers
       7. St. John’s Anglican Church Buckleys
       8. Seymour’s Gospel Chapel Seymour’s

 MAYAGUANA

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
1. St. James Native Baptist Church Abraham’s Bay
2. Betsy Bay Community Centre Betsy Bay
3. Mayaguana Comprehensive K- School Pirate’s Well

 NEW PROVIDENCE

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
       1. Agape Full Gospel Baptist Church Kennedy Subdivision
       2. Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church Baillou Hill Road South
       3. Canon Neil E. Roach Hall, Holy Cross Anglican Church Highbury Park
       4. Church of God Convention Centre (for use by SRC) Joe Farrington Road
       5. Ebenezer Mission Baptist Evangelistic Church St. Charles Vincent Street
       6. Epworth Hall, Ebenezer Methodist Church

(for use by Homeless and People with Physical Disabilities)

 

Shirley Street

       7. Grants Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church Wellington Street
       8. Hillview Seventh-Day Adventist Church Tonique Williams Darling Highway
       9. Maranatha Seventh-Day Adventist Church Prince Charles Drive
   10. New Bethlehem Baptist Church Independence Drive
   11. New Dimensions Ministries Joe Farrington Road
   12. New Providence Community Centre Blake Road
   13. Pilgrim Baptist Temple St. James Road
   14. St. Barnabas Anglican Church Wulff Road and Baillou Road
   15. Rev. Dr. O. A. Pratt Educational Building,

St. John’s Native Baptist Church

 

Augusta and Meeting Streets

   16. Samuel and Cornella Williams Community Centre,

The Salvation Army

 

Meadow Street

   17. Southwest Cathedral Church of God Carmichael Road
   18. The Anglican Church of the Epiphany Prince Charles Drive
   19. The Salvation Army Mackey Street

 RAGGED ISLAND

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
         1. Holy Innocents Anglican Church Duncan Town

 SAN SALVADOR AND RUM CAY

NO. NAME OF SHELTER ADDRESS
       1. Fellowship in Christ Kingdom Ministry Cockburn Town
       2. Grace Research Center United Estates Settlement
       3. Idell Jones Community Hall, St. Augustine Church Hall Cockburn  Town
       4.              St. Christopher Anglican Church Port Nelson, Rum Cay
       5. St. James Native Baptist Church North Victoria Hill
       6. St. John’s Native Baptist Church United Estates

@ 9 May, 2022 DOSS, Disaster Management Unit

 PLEASE NOT THAT THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE; IF NECESSARY

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Freaky Weather includes Waterspouts, Severe Flooding and fish in Backyards

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By Dana Malcolm & Deandrea Hamilton

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#TheBahamas, May 19, 2022 – A waterspout whirling its way onto shore in the west, images of submerged cars, impassable roads and even fish darting around in a flooded backyard were the testimony of Nassau’s extreme weather weekend.

The Bahamas Department of meteorology had predicted severe weather from Friday midday to Saturday warning of, “GUSTY WINDS, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, HAIL AND POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT OR TORNADIC ACTIVITY and possibly LOCALIZED FLOODING.”

Reports of hail, the freakish funnel cloud, downpour flooded streets, submerged cars and stranded workers trying to get home made for a shocking weekend.

There were dramatic videos of the forecast, waterspouts, which made an appearance near seaside restaurants Sapodilla Bay and Traveller’s Rest.  The ‘water tornado’ slashing against parked cars, producing whipping winds and tossing water into the restaurant elicited screams and frantic activity as residents could be heard rushing to safety.

The storm is unseasonably early with the official start to the hurricane season still two weeks away; but it maintains a trend for severe weather consistently appearing well ahead of the official June 1 start.

On Tuesday waterspouts erupted in the bay off Harbour Island, Eleuthera, also in The Bahamas as the country was inundated this week with SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

The latest forecast as weekend approaches is there will be more of the same.

“EXTENDED FORECAST (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS): A TROPICAL WAVE, SKIRTING THE

SOUTHERN PERIPHERY OF THE BAHAMAS, WILL PROGRESSIVELY MOVE WESTWARDS AND

INFLUENCE AN INFLUX OF MOISTURE NORTHWESTWARDS OVER THE BAHAMAS, KEEPING

RAIN CHANCES IN THE FORECAST INTO SATURDAY.”

The first tropical wave of 2022 has been identified but a pre-season storm is not yet expected. There have been pre-season tropical storms for the past seven years in a row according to WWLTV and the season is expected to be more severe than usual.

“An above-average season with major hurricane landfalls in the U.S.and in the Caribbean is unfortunately likely. Accuweather experts predict.

“16-20 named storms and six to eight hurricanes. Of those hurricanes, about three to five are forecast to reach major hurricane status.”

Boaters and swimmers in the two archipelagos – The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands – were warned to be cautious as well, “BOATERS SHOULD REMAIN VIGILANT DUE TO THE THREAT OF POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT ACTIVITY. BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO THE RISK OF RIP CURRENTS,” the Meteorology Department said.

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