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Tough decisions ahead over evacuation as Maria nears

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.

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Maria ramps up to reach category 5

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.

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UPDATED: We may have a problem with Maria

Monday morning UPDATE: In the eastern Caribbean, Hurricane Maria is intensifying

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Hurricane Jose bears watching as path is uncertain

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.

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Residents urged to monitor Hurricane Jose

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has urged residents to closely monitor Hurricane Jose.

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Tornadoes hit Grand Bahama

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.

Wind, heavy rain warning for Freeport

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Okay Jose – stay away

WEATHER forecasters said yesterday Hurricane Jose does not currently pose an imminent threat to The Bahamas.

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Devastation left in Irma’s wake

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”.

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Hurricane Irma updates: Weather warning for Freeport

Based on advice from The Meteorological Office, The Ministry of Education announces the following:

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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.

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Reports of hurricane damage to Morton Salt compound

AUTHORITIES on the ground in Inagua are working to determine the extent of hurricane damages sustained at the Morton Salt compound.

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BPL gives update on southern islands

At 2pm Bahamas Power and Light issued an update on the situation in the south islands.

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PM warns: Stay indoors and heed all warnings

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Friday made his final pleas to residents across the country ahead of Hurricane Irma, urging persons to stay indoors and "heed" all warnings associated with the storm's passage.

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Majority of Bahamas 'will be spared brunt of Irma'

THE majority of the Bahamas will be spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma, according to local Meteorologist Ian McKenzie who said the category storm 4 storm has shifted slightly to the west moving the deadly hurricane away from the Northwest and Central Bahamas.