ALERT #45 - Matthew Moving Parallel To And Just Offshore The East Coast Of Florida…
- Oct 7, 2016 - 5:37:44 AM
ALERT #45 ON HURRICANE MATTHEW ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER, 2016 AT 6AM EDT.
… EYE OF DANGEROUS HURRICANE MATTHEW MOVING PARALLEL TO AND JUST OFFSHORE THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA…
HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. THIS
INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF ELEUTHERA NEW PROVIDENCE, ANDROS, THE BERRY
ISLANDS, BIMINI, ABACO AND GRAND BAHAMA...
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to remain closed on Friday
- Oct 6, 2016 - 11:25:44 PM
has reported that the Lynden Pindling International Airport will remain
closed on Friday as stakeholders begin the clear up operation with a
view to restoring operations on Saturday.
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) said on Thursday night that
staff are asked to report for work at 8am on Friday to begin the clear
up and to "dress comfortably". NAD also asked all stakeholders of the
airport - including airlines, airline services and others - to report at
All Clear issued for the Southeast Bahamas
- Oct 6, 2016 - 5:49:15 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued
an “ALL CLEAR” for islands in the Southeast Bahamas, which experienced a
Category 3 storm about one year after the devastating Hurricane
Those islands are Ingua, Ragged Island, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay and Samana Cay.
At 2am Thursday, the center of Hurricane Matthew was located near
latitude 23.7 degrees north and longitude 76.7 degrees west or about 63
miles west-northwest of George Town, Exuma, 38 south of Staniel Cay
NEMA: Persons with heavy-duty trucks or 10-wheelers asked to Volunteer in Rescue Efforts
- Oct 6, 2016 - 1:50:09 PM
THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY, NEMA. IS IN THE PROCESS OF
COORDINATING EFFORTS TO RESCUE AND EVACUATE RESIDENTS WHO FIND
THEMSELVES TRAPPED IN THEIR HOMES DUE TO EXCESSIVE FLOODING CAUSED BY
THE POWERFUL HURRICANE MATTHEW.
NEMA HAS NOT AUTHORISED ANYONE TO
TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO GO OUT IN FLOODED COMMUNITIES AND RESCUE
PEOPLE, PUTTING ALL LIVES IN HARMS WAY.
NEMA IS ASKING INDIVIDUALS WITH HEAVY DUTY TRUCKS AND 10 WHEELERS TO VOLUNTEER THEIR SERVICES IN THIS RESCUE EFFORT...
Grand Bahama Power: No planned, controlled shutdowns
- Oct 6, 2016 - 1:07:04 PM
POWER CO. wishes to inform customers that there will be no planned,
controlled shutdown of our systems. We will generate and transmit power
as long as we safely can. We will have employees stationed at our
generation and distribution headquarters throughout the storm so that we
can begin to restore power as soon as it’s safe to do so. Should power
be lost, restoration will begin once the storm has passed and the
all-clear is given by NEMA. If you need to report a downed power lines
or poles, call our 24 hour hotline at 352-8411 or toll free from a cell
phone at 242 300 4826."
Several Nassau Hurricane Shelters at Capacity
- Oct 5, 2016 - 9:59:43 PM
October 5, 2016
The following Hurricane Shelters are at capacity levels:
Hill View Seventh Day Adventist Church – Tonique
Williams Darling Highway is at capacity with 305 people. Can accommodate 250.
New Providence Community Church, Blake Road is
at capacity with 183 people. Can accommodate 150.
St Barnabas Anglican Church on Wuff Road and
Blue Hill Road is at capacity with 60 people...
From Yamacraw to Western New Providence brace for storm surge; heavy rain
- Oct 5, 2016 - 8:56:19 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – Due to the potential excessive
flooding posed by Hurricane Matthew, the National Emergency Management Agency,
NEMA, is strongly advising residents in low-lying areas to evacuate and seek
the nearest hurricane shelters in their respective areas.
According to the Bahamas Department of Meteorology,
residents in low-lying areas and on coastal roads should contact their local
district administrator or NEMA office to make arrangements for relocation to a
hurricane shelter before the onset of the tropical storm force winds...
Grand Bahama Residents in Low-Lying Areas Urged to Move Before Arrival of Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 5, 2016 - 5:24:12 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Members of Grand Bahama’s Disaster
Preparedness Committee held a press briefing on Wednesday morning in
preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, which is currently
moving through The Bahamas as a Category 3 storm.
Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville said “Grand Bahama is in its
final stage of our Disaster Response Plan and I’m quite pleased with my
travels from East to West Grand Bahama, that the residents are taking
this storm very seriously.”
He stressed that those residents in
low-lying areas ought to seek refuge in the Hurricane Shelters that were
opened from 12 this afternoon...
(Updated) Bahamas Power and Light issues Controlled Shutdown Update
- Oct 5, 2016 - 3:44:38 PM
BAHAMAS POWER AND LIGHT UPDATE regarding Hurricane Matthew affecting The Bahamas...
Bahamas Power and Light Company Limited (BPL) is revising an earlier
release after new information from the Bahamas Department of
Earlier forecasts called for tropical storm force
conditions to begin impacting New Providence Wednesday afternoon and
hurricane force conditions around midnight. Now, new forecasts show that
tropical storm force conditions will not impact New Providence until
midnight with hurricane force conditions expected at abou
t 7am on Thursday morning...
NEMA designates Kendal Isaacs Gym and TAR National Stadium as hurricane shelters
- Oct 5, 2016 - 3:44:22 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – In a coordinated effort amongst the relevant
agencies the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has designated
the Kendal D L Isaacs Gymnasium as a Hurricane shelter as New Providence
braces for the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew.
The gym opened at
about noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and accommodated six families
who presented themselves for refuge at that time. The gym, located at
the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre has the capacity to accommodate 460
Residents of West End, East Grand Bahama and southern coastal areas urged to evacuate
- Oct 5, 2016 - 2:58:21 PM
) Evacuation orders have been
issued in Grand Bahama for residents in West End, outlying settlements
along the southern coast and in East Grand Bahama.
Emergency Operation Centres have been activated, and all shelters were open at noon on Wednesday.
for Grand Bahama Dr Michael Darville advised all residents in those
areas where an evacuation order has been issued to get to a designated
shelter or with families members who live inland.
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to close 11am Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Oct 4, 2016 - 11:29:26 PM
12:00 noon --- Tuesday, October 4, 2016
The Nassau Airport
Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden
Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is operating as normal today.
convened a meeting with its airport stakeholders and the Bahamas
Meteorological Department and it was determined that LPIA will close at
11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5, 2016...
NEMA releases Weather-Related Hashtags
- Oct 4, 2016 - 12:02:54 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,
has released engaging content, attached graphics to social media posts.
are collections of severe weather related graphics and content that
you, the public, can share with your families as the country braces for
the impact of the dangerous Hurricane Matthew
Learn what to do before, during, and after a hurricane if you search for
on Twitter and you will get a list of precautionary alerts...
New Providence & Grand Bahama Gov't Offices to Close Tuesday at 3pm
- Oct 4, 2016 - 11:29:39 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas– The Cabinet Office has announced that all
Government Offices in New Providence and Grand Bahama will be closed as
of 3pm today – Tuesday, October 4 – until further notice.
Cabinet Office further advises Bahamians throughout The Commonwealth of
The Bahamas to continue with their hurricane preparations and to observe
all National Advisories/Alerts/Watches/Warnings issued by the National
Emergency Management Agency, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology and
other essential Government Ministries/Corporations/Agencies and
Schools in Southeastern Bahamas Closed Until Further Notice - Schools in Central Bahamas to Close Tuesday
- Oct 4, 2016 - 10:20:17 AM
PUBLIC SCHOOLS in the SOUTH EASTERN Bahamas will CLOSE TOMORROW, MONDAY OCTOBER 3rd UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
These islands include:
MAYAGUANA, INAGUA, CROOKED ISLAND, ACKLINS, RAGGED ISLAND, LONG CAY and SAMANA CAY.
Schools in the CENTRAL BAHAMAS will close on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th.
These islands include: LONG ISLAND, CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR and EXUMA...
PM Christie Speaks on Hurricane Matthew and Plans Implemented for its Bahamas Landfall
- Oct 4, 2016 - 9:47:19 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Rt.
Hon. Perry Christie, on October 3, 2016, addressed the nation on the
plans already implemented for the approaching Hurricane Matthew, which
is already at a category 4 level.
"As of now, we are urging all
Bahamians to take maximum safety precautions for yourselves and for your
families," Prime Minister Christie said at the press event held at the
Cabinet Office. "It costs the Government a great deal if they have to go
in hazardous circumstances and situations to rescue people and we try
to avoid that."
Update #2: All Schools in Northwest Bahamas to be Closed on Wednesday
- Oct 3, 2016 - 11:36:20 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – 3rd October, 2016 –The Ministry of Education, Science
and Technology wishes to advise that ALL schools in the NORTHWEST
BAHAMAS will be CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, 5th October, 2016. No staff or
students are to report to schools on this day as we brace for the arrival
of Hurricane Matthew. Further updates and notifications on the
reopening of schools will be provided as soon as the ‘all clear’ is
The islands in the Northwest Bahamas include: Abaco, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence.
Grand Bahama Readies for Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 3, 2016 - 11:09:55 PM
FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael
Darville brought all the players to the table early Monday morning
ensuring that all agencies are on the same page when it comes to facing
Assembled in the Conference Room at the
Ministry for Grand Bahama were the three Administrators from throughout
Grand Bahama: Brenda Colebrooke, from West Grand Bahama District,
Preston Cunningham from the City of Freeport, and Harvey Roberts from
East Grand Bahama...
College of The Bahamas Closure for Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 3, 2016 - 9:04:58 PM
As The Bahamas remains under
threat from Hurricane Matthew, please be advised that The College’s
Oakes Field and Grosvenor Close campuses in New Providence and the
Northern Bahamas Campus in East Grand Bahama will
be closed on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. This means that
operations and classes will be suspended. The closure includes the Harry
C. Moore Library and Information Centre and Chapter One Bookstore.
Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador will be activated as a hurricane shelter effective Tuesday, October 4th, 2016.Following
the passage of Hurricane Matthew and after the National Emergency
Management Agency has issued the official “all clear”, a thorough
assessment will be conducted of all College facilities and a subsequent
notice will be issued regarding the resumption of operations
and classes at the respective campuses...
U.S. Embassy to Temporarily Suspend Consular Services Due to Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 3, 2016 - 5:31:17 PM
Due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Matthew on The Bahamas, the
U.S. Embassy in Nassau will be closed for routine Consular Services from
Wednesday, October 5 through Friday, October 7
. The Consular Section will only offer emergency American Citizen Services between
Wednesday, Oct. 5 through Friday, October 7
Individuals who had nonimmigrant visa appointments scheduled for these
days can reschedule their appointments by visiting the appointment