October 5, 2016
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RESIDENTS in low-lying areas of southern New Providence and in Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay are being "strongly advised" by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to evacuate and seek the nearest hurricane shelters because of potential excessive flooding posed by Hurricane Matthew.
SOUTHERN coastlines and surrounding communities are the areas that expert weather forecasters are paying keen attention to as Hurricane Matthew is expected to batter the islands of the Bahamas for a 24- to 48-hour period.
THE devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin last year has given residents in San Salvador and Rum Cay all the motivation they need to evacuate homes, according to the administrator for both islands, Gilbert Kemp, who told The Tribune on Wednesday afternoon there has been very good response to relocating to shelters to ride out Hurricane Matthew.
HURRICANE Matthew will move northwest through the Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday, with the dangerous right front quadrant with the highest winds likely to affect the most populous island in the archipelago on Thursday morning.
EVACUATION orders have been issued in Grand Bahama for residents in West End, outlying settlements along the southern coast and in East Grand Bahama. Emergency Operation Centres have been activated, and all shelters were open at noon on Wednesday.