An unofficial map showing the areas which could be flooded by a potential storm surge in southern New Providence from Hurricane Matthew which has circulated on social media in recent days
RESIDENTS in low-lying areas of southern New Providence and in Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay are being "strongly advised" by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to evacuate and seek the nearest hurricane shelters because of potential excessive flooding posed by Hurricane Matthew.
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 by 11pm on Wednesday.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as 10 to 15 feet above normal tide throughout the Bahamas. It is also projected that storm surges will occur 10 to 15 feet.
The areas 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, are:
· South of Yamacraw Hill Road
· South of Pine Crest Drive
· South of Zion Boulevard
· South of Cowpen Road
· Coral Vista
· Coral Harbour
· Coral Lakes South
· South of Adelaide Road
· Adelaide Village
· South of Frank Watson Boulevard
· The western and north western end of New Providence, including Lyford Cay, Old Fort Bay and vicinity.