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.
Furthermore, the combination of a dangerous storm surge and
large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as 10 to 15 ft
above normal tide throughout The Bahamas. It is also projected that storm
surges will occur 10 to 15 ft.
Wednesday, residents in New Providence would begin
to feel tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Matthew.
The following areas are vulnerable to excessive flooding and
storm surge as Hurricane Matthew, expected to be a Category 3 storm treks
across The Bahamas, with a direct hit for New Providence:
South of Yamacraw Hill Road
South of Pine Crest Drive
South of Zion Boulevard
South of Cowpen Road
Coral Lakes South
South of Adelaide Road
South of Frank Watson Boulevard
The western and northwestern end of New Providence
including Lyford Cay, Old Bay and vicinity.
being strongly encouraged to seek the nearest shelter or move inland to more