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Glass Window Bridge closed to Eleuthera residents due to high sea surges
By The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,
Mar 4, 2018 - 7:13:39 PM

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Residents of North Eleuthera are being strongly advised, by the National Emergency Management Agency and Family Island officials, to stay away from the Glass Window Bridge due to large and dangerous swells impacting that area over the weekend.

On Sunday, Ivan Ferguson, Family Island Administrator for North Eleuthera said in this vein, the bridge which connects the northern and southern points of Eleuthera by a paved road, closed at 3pm due to the raging sea surge, as high as 40ft.

“The bridge will remain close until further notice. Residents and curious onlookers – are asked to avoid the area all together due to deteriorating conditions,” Mr. Ferguson advised.

Reportedly, a resident of the nearby Spanish Wells community suffered a broken wrist in an attempt to cross. He was taken to the clinic for treatment, Mr. Ferguson said.

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology had issued a Special Weather Statement on March 1, 2018 advising that a low pressure is expected to deepen off the East coast of the United States, and move northeastwards.

“Motorists on the island of Eleuthera should cease using the Glass Window Bridge once these swells arrive. These large swells are expected to reach their peak amplitudes between Sunday, March 4 and Monday, March 5, 2018,” the Met Department had advised.

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