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Special Marine Watch - Jan. 8th
By Bahamas Department Of Meteorology
Jan 8, 2020 - 7:27:50 AM

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THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SPECIAL MARINE WATCH FROM 7:00 AM EST WEDNESDAY 08TH JANUARY 2020

A SPECIAL MARINE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE NORTHWEST, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS.

A STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM BUILDING BEHIND A COLD FRONT THAT WILL ENTER THE BAHAMAS TODAY. THE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE NEAR GALE TO GALE FORCE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE ISLANDS BEGINNING TONIGHT. LARGE AND DANGEROUS WAVE 10 TO 12 FEET ARE EXPECTED ALONG ATLANTIC EXPOSURES AND 6 TO 9 FEET ALONG THE LEE SIDE OF THE ISLANDS.

STRONG NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS, SEVERE SEA SWELLS AND HAZARDOUS SURF CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN AFFECTING THE WARNING AREAS, ESPECIALLY THE NORTH AND EAST COAST WATERS TONIGHT.  MOTORIST AND PEDESTRIANS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION ALONG COASTAL ROADS FOR POSSIBLE FLOODING, DEBRIS AND SEA SPRAY OVER TOPPING SEA WALLS. THE CONDITIONS ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS FOR WAY FARERS AND MOTORIST WHO MUST TRAVERSE THE FISHING HOLE ROAD ON THE ISLAND OF GRAND BAHAMA AND THE GLASS WINDOW BRIDGE ON THE ISLAND OF ELEUTHERA. RESIDENTS THAT LIVE ALONG THE SEA SHORE MAY EXPERIENCE THE INTRUSION OF WATER ONTO THEIR PROPERTY ESPECIALLY DURING HIGH TIDE.

DANGEROUS SEA SWELLS AND HAZARDOUS SURF CAN COMBINE TO CREATE LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS FOR BEACH GOERS AND MARINERS. SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS ARE ADVISED TO REMAIN IN PORT AND BEACH GOERS ARE TO REFRAIN FROM ENTERING THE WATER DUE TO THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.  

ISSUED BY: FORECASTER ANASTASHIA FERNANDER

6:00 AM WEDNESDAY 08TH JANUARY 2020


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