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New Moon To Blame For Flooding

HEAVY rain and thunderstorms continue to batter The Bahamas this morning and the bad weather is forecast to continue all week.

The same pattern of rain and thunderstorms is forecast for the next seven days, with highs of 30 to 32C, and winds from the east ranging from 20 km/h to 40 km/h, becoming more breezy after the weekend.

A tropical wave is moving along the Tropic of Cancer in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Through the middle of the week, this wave will migrate westward, reaching the Greater Antilles for the middle of the week.

It’s still too early to determine whether or not this will become an organised storm.

Either way, moisture along with showers and storms will move through the Caribbean, reports AccuWeather.com.

Flooding is ‘inevitable’ because we are in a new moon phase, says The Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

The department issued a special weather warning lasting until this evening for New Providence, Andros and adjacent waters.

At 2.45pm today radar and satellite data indicated a cluster of showers and thunderstorms moving slowly westward over the warning area. This system has produced thunderstorms and dangerous lightning, with heavy downpours.

Residents in the warning areas and in particular low-lying area such as Pinewood Gardens, New Providence should take action to protect their property, says the department.

It said: “Currently we are in the new moon phase and as a result, flooding is inevitable due to the alignment of the Moon, Sun and Earth. This alignment allows for a gravitational attraction on water bodies. Subsequently, the water table will move closer to Earth’s surface making it difficult for drainage.”

The forecast, according to Weather Underground, is as follows:

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain, then thunderstorms in the afternoon. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 20 km/h. Chance of rain 60%.

Tuesday night: Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 26C. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 31C. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 20 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 26C. Windy. Winds from the ESE at 25 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 32C. Windy. Winds from the ESE at 25 to 30km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 26C. Windy. Winds from the East at 25 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 32C. Windy. Winds from the ESE at 25 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.

Friday night: Overcast in the evening, then mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 26C. Windy. Winds from the East at 20 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 8.6 mm possible.

Saturday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 32C. Windy. Winds from the ESE at 25 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 26C. Windy. Winds from the East at 25 to 35 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.

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