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Hurricane Matthew aftermath photos of Nassau, New Providence
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Oct 7, 2016 - 11:36:41 PM

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Video above by Jose Ageeb of Nassau taking during Hurricane Matthew on October 6th.

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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson

All photos here were taken by Nassau photographer, Farreno Ferguson during Hurricane Matthew on Thursday, October 6th in New Providence.

On Thursday, October 6th, category 4 Hurricane Matthew hit Nassau, Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 140mph and higher gusts. The eye of Hurricane Matthew moved toward the northwest near 14mph between Andros and New Providence at 11am. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 160 miles, approximately 25 miles west northwest of Nassau.

At approximately 2pm, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) put out a call for persons with 10-wheelers  or heavy-duty trucks for the purpose of rescues in low lying areas affected by the storm surge. Those who provided support did a great service.

After being told to evacuate low-lying areas prior to the storm, many residents chose to remain. There were reports of people having to swim to safety; one man walked about a mile through chest-high water to safety. A disabled man and his wife waited in their upstairs part of their home until rescue.

Thankfully there were no deaths or event serious injuries reported.

Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport was closed from October 5th, but will open on Saturday, October 8th along with all other airports in The Bahamas.

Doctor's Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital are both back in operation.

Bank of the Bahamas governor, John Rolle tweeted that they are working to restore ATMs and banks will give limited service on Saturday October 8th.

The Bahamas Red Cross is seeking donations and a Hurricane Relief Fund has been set up. 

The City of Key West is providing relief via a Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has deployed 2 sets of specialized response teams to Haiti and The Bahamas.

"There are over 3,000 visitors on New Providence, 74 on Grand Bahama and 228 throughout the family islands. All visitors in the country are accounted for," said a post-hurricane statement by Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC), Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) and Cable Bahamas have both announced they are doing assessments and are working hard to restore services.

The Tribune has done an excellent job of giving live updates you can see HERE.

For other photos or to reach people that you may have lost contact with due to limited phone and internet, you can leave a message on The Bahamas Weekly's Facebook group page, Bahamas News and Events.


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson


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Photo taken October 4th, Nassau, Bahamas by Farreno Ferguson



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