FORECASTERS in the capital have urged residents throughout the country not to be misguided by the low levels of rainfall over the last six weeks, warning of a return to “normal levels” over the course of the “wet” months.
A LEADING US weather forecasting service is predicting a below-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, citing a potential El Niño limiting the development of storms.
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AS a weather system brought heavy rain and flooding to New Providence yesterday, a senior weather official said the Department of Meteorology’s radar was not working, meaning there was no way to tell how bad the flooding was or which areas received the worst of the rainfall.
WHILE Matthew is being called the worst storm many Bahamians have ever experienced, one meteorologist fascinated by hurricane history says it does not match up to some of the destructive storms of the past.
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HURRICANE Matthew left behind a trail of destruction, flooding, downed lamp poles and electrical lines and residents eager to re-establish normal lives after battering the Bahamas for three days as a dangerous category three and four storm.
MORE THAN 400 pople were rescued from their homes in eastern and southern New Providence as flood waters began to rise more than four feet during the passage of Hurricane Matthew, according to Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade.
NORTH Andros “took the brunt” of the eye of Hurricane Matthew on Thursday evening, resulting in extensive damage, according to administrators on the island.
NINETY five per cent of the buildings in the Eight Mile Rock and Holmes Rock areas in Grand Bahama received significant damage from Hurricane Matthew on Thursday night and Friday morning, Brenda Colebrooke, the island administrator for West Grand Bahama, said.
THERE is a possibility that Hurricane Matthew will “make a loop” and return to the Bahamas next week, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology Basil Dean warned on Friday.
LONG TIME resident of Lyford Cay Kim Aranha remembers Betsy in 1965 as a category 4 hurricane striking the Bahamas – but with nothing like the “relentless" force that Matthew brought on Thursday with 140mph winds that battered New Providence.
RESIDENTS in Inagua were feeling the effects of Hurricane Matthew Tuesday afternoon, however officials expressed “comfort” with the level of preparation carried out ahead of the storm.
AS residents of the southern Bahamas brace for Hurricane Matthew, they are avoiding the errors that caused last year’s Hurricane Joaquin to devastate their property.
NEW Providence is expected to be one of the hardest hit, if not the most impacted island, as Hurricane Matthew barrels its way through The Bahamas until Friday morning, according to Bahamas Department of Meteorology Senior Deputy Director Jeffrey Simmons.