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A HURRICANE warning remains in effect for the southeast Bahamas, including the islands of Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Inagua, Long Cay and Samana Cay, according to the Department of Meteorology in an advisory yesterday.
RESIDENTS in the southeast Bahamas should prepare for “excess flooding” and tropical storm force winds as Hurricane Maria is expected to dump four to eight inches of water as it passes over the country on Friday, according to US Accuweather forecaster Dan Kottlowski.
WITH the forecast for Hurricane Maria projecting the storm to pass near the Southeast Bahamas Friday morning, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is urging residents of those islands to be vigilant and prepared.
AS category five Hurricane Maria approaches the Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said the government is faced with a “gut wrenching” decision regarding if it should ask residents of the southern islands to evacuate ahead of the storm.
HURRICANE Maria grew into a category five storm as it barreled toward islands in the eastern Caribbean yesterday with forecasters warning it was likely to grow even stronger before it impacts the Bahamas late Friday.
Monday morning UPDATE: In the eastern Caribbean, Hurricane Maria is intensifying
FORECASTERS are keeping a “close watch” on Hurricane Jose which could pose a threat to the eastern Bahamas late this week, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.
The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has urged residents to closely monitor Hurricane Jose.
ABOUT 100 people in Grand Bahama were affected by surprise tornadoes yesterday, some who “completely lost their homes” after the funnel clouds ripped roofs off structures as the island experienced tropical storm conditions from Hurricane Irma, according to Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson.
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WEATHER forecasters said yesterday Hurricane Jose does not currently pose an imminent threat to The Bahamas.
HURRICANE Irma left Duncan Town, Ragged Island in a state of “devastation,” member of Parliament for the island Chester Cooper said yesterday, telling The Tribune the aftermath had left him “heartbroken”.
Based on advice from The Meteorological Office, The Ministry of Education announces the following:
Hurricane Irma updates: All Clear for Southeast Bahamas; Hurricane Warning remains for Northwest, Central Bahamas
NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency Director Captain Stephen Russell said Thursday “we can’t take any chances” with Hurricane Irma, which officials say has reached 500 miles in diameter and remains a vicious category five storm.