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Public Forecast for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos – May 20, 2019

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#Nassau, May 20, 2019 – Bahamas – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT MONDAY 20TH MAY, 2019 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY.

GENERAL SITUATION: DEEP LAYERED TROUGHING ACROSS THE AREA ALONG WITH A SURFACE TROUGH IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WILL SUPPORT POCKETS OF UNSETTLED WEATHER THROUGHOUT THE ISLANDS TODAY.

ALL AREAS

WEATHER: VARIABLY CLOUDY, WARM AND HUMID WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS.

ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT SHOULD BE ALERT FOR GUSTY WINDS AND HIGHER SEAS IN OR NEAR HEAVY SHOWERS OR THUNDERSTORMS.

WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS OVER OPEN WATERS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…& EAST TO SOUTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.

SEAS:     2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS…& 1 TO 3 FEET IN THE CENTRAL & SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.

HIGH TEMPERATURE TOMORROW           88°F       31°C      

LOW TEMPERATURE TONIGHT   73°F       23°C      

SUNRISE: 6:23AM                            SUNSET: 7:48PM             

MOONSET:7:51AM                          MOONRISE: 9:45PM

HIGH TIDE: 8:38AM         &             9:04PM                

LOW TIDE: 2:42PM           &             3:33AM TUE.

EXTENDED FORECAST (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS): INDUCED TROUGHING WILL REMAIN OVER THE BAHAMAS DUE TO A LOW PRESSURE AREA THAT IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP NORTHEAST OF THE ISLANDS THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

FORECAST FOR  TUESDAY

WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, WARM AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND A FEW POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS.               

WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS BUT FALLING LIGHT & VARIABLE AT TIMES.

SEAS: 1 TO 3 FEET OVER THE OCEAN.      

FORECAST FOR  WEDNESDAY

WEATHER: PARTLY SUNNY, WARM AND HUMID WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS AND A FEW POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS.

WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS, INCREASING TO 15 TO 20 KNOTS BY NIGHT.

SEAS: 2 TO 4 FEET OVER THE OCEAN, BUILDING 4 TO 6 FEET BY NIGHT.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO FORM WITHIN A DISTURBED AREA OF WEATHER SEVERAL HUNDRED MILES SOUTHWEST OF BERMUDA LATER TODAY, AND POSSIBLY DEVELOP INTO A SHORT-LIVED SUBTROPICAL OR TROPICAL CYCLONE BY TONIGHT OR TUESDAY WHILE MOVING NORTHWARD OR NORTHEASTWARD. THIS SYSTEM HAS A 60% CHANCE OF DEVELOPMENT DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS…HOWEVER, IT WILL POSE NO THREAT THE BAHAMA ISLANDS.

FORECASTER: K. WARD-FORBES /C.G.

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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
Courtesy of BIS

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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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