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- Irma
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <BahamasTutor at live.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2017 02:15:23 +0000

Now that Irma has left us............the  reports are coming in. Whilst the  capital,Nassau was spared, the southern Bahamas was hit badly as the eye passed directly over some islands.


The Bahamas government took the unprecedented step of  evacuating almost the entire population of Ragged Island and Acklins. Persons in other islands that were in the high risk zone were urged to evacuate . Planes were sent to islands  to collect residents. Displaced residents who  had no relatives available to take them in  were sheltered at a community centre and a public sport complex,with support from several  agencies. It is fortunate that this was done. Both of these islands experience extensive wind and water damage.  Much of the former residential areas have been declared uninhabitable. Homes built with cement blocks and roofs with hurricane ties were shattered, leaving piles of rubble, shingles and plywood. 

Bimini experienced significant damage. This storm has left  entire communities homeless.  There have been no reports of death to date. As a country we have experienced loss but people are praying and hopeful and committed to returning to their home islands to rebuild. The government is looking at  infrastructural damage and repair needs.


- IRMA
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <BahamasTutor at live.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 23:05:24 +0000

I have been watching the wrecking path of Irma these past few days and dreading her journey through the Bahamas.

I am at the eastern end of the island of New Providence ( home of Nassau, the capital city).

 I took a morning drive and saw that the many homes and businesses had installed storm shutters or plywood of had impact resistant windows.  We are taking this storm seriously.


The Winton food store  was open and the parking lot quite full still.

So far there has been occasional light rain showers and mild to moderate wind gusts. The power /water/internet/cable services are all currently on.


Our southern islands were the first to experience the brunt of Irma. The government  urged evacuation and facilitated  airlift from the southern islands to New Providence these islands  as a precaution so there may not be as many  reports from these islands for a while. Persons who did not have relatives to house them in New Providence are being sheltered   at arranged group facilities.


Continue to pray for those who have already been affected by Irma and those who still lay in the path.


- Fwd: Nassau
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 12:15:41 -0400


Subject: Nassau

Preparations finished,driving around able to see that people are putting up shutters.Not everyone has completed this.
It is a case of praying, watching and waiting.
God speed everyone

Sent from my iPad

- 8:00a weather update --
  • By "Kimberly King Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2017 05:15:56 -0700

The projected westerly slide of the storm continues in the projected paths, which is encouraging for us in The Bahamas. But don't count on this: IRMA is massive and powerful and every single island in The Bahamas will feel her impact to varying degrees.

The pressure is still rising and her sustained winds speeds are dropping, now at 150 MPH, making her a strong Category 4 storm.  She is very much in The Bahamas no, passed Inagua and the Turks & Caicos, and moving through the southeast Bahamas. She is passing south of Acklins and heading towards Ragged Island.  By late tonight, Nassau residents will see their weather worsen, while Grand Bahama folks will see things deteriorate tomorrow.

Hope this helps.  h/t Erik Russell in Grand Bahama


- Hey, BAHAMAS --
  • By "Kimberly King Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 22:02:01 -0700

IRMA update:

Irma's track through at least Saturday looks pretty set. At this point in the game it will be the little wobbles north or south which will make a difference between 100mph & 140mph

Closest Points of Approach based on current data:

Matthew Town, Inagua: 59 miles North - Expected wind speeds approaching 85-100 with higher gusts

Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana: 46.6 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 125mph with higher gusts

Salina Point, Acklins: 12.1 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 175mph with higher gusts

Colonel Hill, Crooked Island: 47.9 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 125mph with higher gusts

Clarence Town, Long Island: 58.8 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 105-115mph with higher gusts

Williams Town, Little Exuma: 67.4 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 90-105mph with higher gusts

Duncan Town, Ragged Island: 12.2 miles South - Expected wind speeds approaching 175mph with higher gusts

South Andros: 76 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 80mph with higher gusts

Red Bays, North Andros: 106 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 60mph with higher gusts

Alice Town, Bimini: 47.4 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 130mph with higher gusts.

Berry Islands: 134 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 50mph with higher gusts

New Providence: 150 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 40mph with higher gusts

West End, Grand Bahama: 70.2 miles West - Expected wind speeds approaching 85mph with higher gusts

expatBAHAMAS

NetworkBahamas

 


- Nassau
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 16:24:57 -0400
Preparations finished,driving around able to see that people are putting up 
shutters.Not everyone has completed this.
It is a case of praying, watching and waiting.
God speed everyone

Sent from my iPad

- Fwd: Marinas are taking this serious in Abaco
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:05:10 -0700

From: Keith Bishop
Subject: Marinas are taking this serious in Abaco



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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
http://stormcarib.com


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- Off the Island
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:06:50 +0000 (UTC)
So sorry cannot post I left yesterday !!!

- Fwd: FW: #EXTRA: TRAVEL WARNING: The Bahamas, due to Irma
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 15:42:52 -0700

 

 

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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For travel information, call 888-407-4747

http://travel.state.gov

 


 

 

TRAVEL WARNING

THE BAHAMAS

 

September 6, 2017

 

The Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel to The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands due to Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm.  On September 6, the Department ordered the departure of non-essential U.S. government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas.  A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the Central Bahamas.  Storm conditions are expected to reach the southern Bahamas by September 7 and Nassau by September 8.  U.S. citizens residing and traveling in coastal areas in this region should be alert to flooding.

We recommend U.S. citizens depart The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands if possible and work with commercial air carriers to leave prior to the arrival of the hurricane.  Airports will close once conditions deteriorate and safe travel will not be possible, expected sometime on September 8.  We recommend those citizens who are unable to depart to shelter in place in a secure location.

Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United States of their whereabouts, and keep in close contact with their tour operator, hotel staff, and local officials for evacuation instructions. Travelers should also protect their travel and identity documents against loss or damage, as the need to replace lost documentation could hamper or delay return to the United States.  

For further information: 

  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas, located at 42 Queen Street (across from the British Colonial Hilton Hotel), Nassau; telephone: 242-322-1181; after hours emergency telephone: 242-357-7004; ACS unit fax: 242-356-7174; e-mail: ACSNASSAU at state.gov ; web page: https://bs.usembassy.gov. (Note: The Turks and Caicos U.S. Consular Agency is currently CLOSED. The Turks & Caicos Consular Agency is located at 2 Venture Ct., Grace Bay Suite 102E, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.) 
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). 

 


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Gert van Dijken
Caribbean Hurricane Network
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- Nassau Bahamas
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 17:20:11 -0400
Good Afternoon
What a time ,the traffic is busy ,the water in many places has sold out.Went to 
buy bread patiently waited online for twenty minutes to discover it was sold 
out.
As I drove home preparations were taking place. We have put up the shutters, we 
have bought provisions and we as a family are ready to face the storm, hoping 
and praying for the best.
Having just watched some scenes on tv with our fellow Caribbean islands our 
thoughts and prayers are with them. 
It is extremely hot at the moment with very high temperatures 
Will keep you updated.
Angela 

Sent from my iPad

- Hurricane Irma
  • By John Roberts <ghpsafari at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:57:55 +0000
Freeport,
Grand Bahama Island
Wednesday, 6th September 2017

Everyone here is preparing as best they can for Irma.
Of course we hope and pray we are spared, especially as the Island has not 
recovered from Matthew almost a year ago.
Traffic lights will be switched off at 7pm this evening.
Sue Roberts
For Capt. John Roberts, RIP


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- "Irma"
  • By Ryan Carroll <ryanac1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:20:42 +0000
Hi, Irma has everyone scared and people in GB are busy. The schools have just been ordered closed and boats are being hauled. You can see trees being pruned, shutters going up and vehicles being gassed up. Hurricane Mathew hit us dead on center less than a year ago. Here we go again. Getting prepared earlier than last year, very stressed. 
Ryan

- Abaco
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:07:00 +0000

Gert

I am located on Abaco that currently looks like we will be on the outer edge

People here are taking this seriously – marinas are virtually empty , house and businesses are closing up fast

Keith

 

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- General Bahamas Update --
  • By "Kimberly King Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 10:56:31 -0700

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Buses greet airlift evacuation of the southern islands of Inagua, Crooked Island and Acklins at Sir Lynden O. Pindling Airport in Nassau this morning.  Social and traditional media channels throughout the Bahamas have the entire country on high alert, and emergency preparations have been well underway since the weekend.   Per this morning’s forecast, the hurricane has tacked somewhat to the east: as of tomorrow, all schools and area airports will be closed until further notice.  Please check the expatBAHAMAS page on Facebook for the latest updates as well.

 


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