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
Bahamasair suspends service to Southern Bahamas due to Hurricane Matthew
- Oct 2, 2016 - 11:23:14 AM
Bahamasair wishes to advise the travelling public that due to the
impending approach of Hurricane Matthew, all services to the southern
islands will be suspended effective Tuesday October 4th.
affected as a result of Hurricane Matthew to and from these destinations
can contact our Reservations department to make alternate travel plans.
Passengers will be accommodated without a change of itinerary fee...
Heavy showers and thunderstorms to affect TCI and Southeast Bahamas this aftenroon
- Aug 26, 2016 - 2:26:31 PM
The area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave between
northeast Cuba and the Southeast Bahamas has become less organized and
conditions less favorable for development over the next two days or so.
light to moderate rains with pockets of heavy showers and thunderstorms
will affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas this
afternoon which includes Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins,
Long Cay and Ragged Island; the Central Bahamas tonight and tomorrow
which includes Exuma and its Cays, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay,
and Long Island...
NEMA continues to monitor the tropics; issues flood safety tips
- Aug 26, 2016 - 12:56:38 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency continues
to closely monitor the activities in the tropics, particularly the
movements of a system projected to produce heavy rainfall across the
Southeastern and Northern Bahamas.
The Bahamas Department of
Meteorology has advised that a broad area of low pressure associated
with a tropical wave is moving through the Southeastern Bahamas
producing gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall over the portions of
the country during the next day or two, as an elongated upper trough
extends across the Northern Bahamas...
Bahamas Makes History and is Sanctioned “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors” at 2016 EAA AirVenture
- Jul 30, 2016 - 6:52:32 AM
OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – The Bahamas continue to achieve monumental
success and set historic records on the international front, this time
being named the First “Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors” by the National
Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The announcement was made
on July 26, at the 2016 EAA AirVenture Conference, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
and accepted by representatives of the Bahamas Department of Civil
Aviation, Royal Bahamas Police Force and Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
which has a membership of 3,300 weather professionals, started the
‘Weather Ready Nation Ambassador” initiative three years ago to educate
its citizens on the importance of preparedness and protection in weather
Saharan Dust Over The Bahamas
- Jul 12, 2016 - 10:19:17 PM
For the month of
July so far, we have received just 0.02 inches of rain at LPIA (the majority of
the days basically reported no rain or simply just a trace). The climatological
Pindling International Airport
(LPIA) for the month of July is 5.89 inches. A key reason
for the lack of rain, and even lack of clouds, is dry air streaming all the way
from the Sahara Desert in Africa. Huge plumes of dusty dry mid-level air make
their way across from the far eastern Atlantic, over the Caribbean and
Antilles, and sometimes to the southeast U.S. We can identify such days by a
hazy, milky sky and a suspicious absence of afternoon clouds and thunderstorms.
Yes, it looks like another event of Saharan dust
will be over us for the next three to four days minimum, at least keeping
significant rainfall activity at a bare minimum. This dry Saharan dust plume
makes the sky appear milky white and the boundary of the clouds appears to be
blending in with the milky white sky...
Bahamas Heatwave - Records set to be broken
- Jul 9, 2016 - 9:29:48 AM
The hottest temperature on record for July is 96.8°F and that occurred
in 2007 and the all-time hottest temperature since records were kept was
97.7°F and that record temperature was recorded in June 1998... The
reasons for the warmer temperatures over The Bahamas are: 1) Weak
pressure patterns over us which would normally route these warm
temperatures away from us but this high pressure system have been
stationed over us for a long time period. Then 2) The most significant
factor in this equation is the unusually warm airmass being advected
over The Bahamas from