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Atlantis guests vow to return despite Matthew's unwelcome disruption

DESPITE spending nearly 24 hours in makeshift shelters in the Atlantis Paradise Island resort's Imperial Ballroom, several visitors and guests told The Tribune “it was an experience they will never forget” and they were “definitely” coming back to the Bahamas.

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Grand Bahama suffers significant damage as Matthew roars through

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.

BPL says restoring power to New Providence could take days "or even longer"

THE Bahamas Power & Light Company (BPL) has begun restoring power throughout New Providence, although the company warned in a statement on Facebook early Friday morning that it could take days "or even longer" before power is restored to all customers on the island because of the damage to its distribution network island-wide by Hurricane Matthew.

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'I have never been in a hurricane as strong as this'

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.

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Haiti's hurricane death toll rises as waters recede to reveal bodies

HAITI'S death toll soared on Thursday as rescue crews began reaching remote corners cut off when Hurricane Matthew slammed into the country's southwest peninsula, the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in more than a half century.

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Golden Gates area "looks like a war zone" says Super Value owner

SUPER Value owner Rupert Roberts said on Thursday afternoon the area around his Golden Gates head office “looks like a war zone” after Hurricane Matthew’s passage, which damaged both his house and his business.

Beach Tower at Atlantis closed to guests after power and water failure

THE Atlantis Paradise Island sustained "little damage" during the passage of Hurricane Matthew according to resort executives, but the electricity, elevators and water in the Beach Towers have been "temporarily knocked out" due to generator failure.

Pinewood family had to evacuate as roof caved in

DURING the height of Hurricane Matthew's siege on New Providence early Thursday morning, a family in Pinewood that included children had to be evacuated when the roof of their house caved in, constituency MP Khalis Rolle said.

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ANALYSIS: New Providence hit by Matthew's dangerous eyewall right side

WITH top sustained winds of 140mph, Hurricane Matthew is once again an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm.

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South Eleuthera emerges from Matthew's 100mph winds

RESIDENTS in South Eleuthera are beginning to move outdoors after what they believed to be the worst of Hurricane Matthew subsides.

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New Providence will be without power for the duration of the storm says BPL

NEW Providence will now be without electricity for the duration of Hurricane Matthew, and maybe some time after, following a controlled shutdown of power services by Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) early Thursday morning.

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Exuma "held up pretty well" during storm, 69-year-old breaks hip

EXUMA has "held up pretty well" in the face of Hurricane Matthew, initial assessments indicate, according to Exuma's chief councillor, Brian Strachan. However, a 69-year-old broke his hip after falling in his home while attempting to put up shutters, The Tribune was told shortly before 9.30am on Thursday.

Cat Island "fared pretty well" says administrator

CAT Island administrator Jackson McIntosh says the island "fared well" during Hurricane Matthew. "There has been no report of injury or emergencies and we fared pretty well here in Cat Island," he told The Tribune shortly before 8.30am on Thursday.

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Mosquito illness fears as Inagua assesses effects of Matthew

FLOODING that increases the risk of contracting mosquito transmitted diseases is the biggest concern for residents of Inagua now that Hurricane Matthew has passed the island, administrator Samuel Miller told The Tribune early Thursday morning as Matthew continued to batter New Providence, bringing increasingly powerful winds and torrential rain.

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ANALYSIS: Matthew's shrieking winds hit the Bahamas

WEDNESDAY night was a very stormy night across the heart of the Bahamas as Hurricane Matthew churned through the centre of the archipelago.