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.
A SEVERE weather warning has been issued for much of the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon by the Department of Meteorology.
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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AS A result of the “horrific” and “life-endangering experiences” during the passage of Hurricane Matthew, Prime Minister Perry Christie said the government would enact legislation to force people to evacuate their homes and communities during major hurricanes.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night described the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew as “utterly devastating” as he estimated the total cost of repairs to be three or four times higher than the $100m in damages left by Hurricane Joaquin last year.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis has called on the Christie administration to declare all of the areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew "disaster areas", insisting that the move should be paired with robust exigency orders and extensive rate cuts by financial institutions and private business to "help rebuild the country and keep Bahamians safe”.
WHEN Antionette Johnson saw reports that Hurricane Matthew would barrel through the Bahamas as a dangerous category four storm, she packed up her son and grandchild and headed to the nearest shelter.
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.