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You can find other updates on Facebook. For example the Bahamas News and Events group. If you know of other good local sources please email gert@gobeach.com and I will add it here. -Gert

- Matthew in New Providence October 2016
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <BahamasTutor at live.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2016 04:19:44 +0000

 In advance of the storm, persons living  on the southern coasts of New Providence were strongly urged by authorities to evacuate to  more inland  places . They were advised to hunker down with friends and family or to  move to  the specially designated shelters.


Most folks made serious preparation for this major storm.  Matthew brought very strong winds which toppled many large trees, tearing them whole from the ground and shredding their foliage. Shingles and other roofing materials littered the streets in the aftermath. Tangles of electrical wires drooped from trees and stumps of broken utility poles point skyward.


Unfortunately some folks in the anticipated coastal flood zones did not decide to move out and were forced to deal with rising flood waters as the storm reached maximum frenzy.  Rescue teams were dispatched as soon as they could safely move.


There was widespread damage to homes and businesses due to extensive coastal flooding as well as the high speed winds. Several families in southern New Providence lost their homes.

Fortunately no loss of life has been recorded for New Providence.


Bahamas Power and Light has begun the huge task of restoring power to the island. Many are happy to  have supplies restored. Others will have to wait longer as more complex repairs are made.


Road clearing by government  and community teams has already begun but there is much to do in the days and weeks ahead.


Give thanks and praise for life after Hurricane Matthew.


Local media reports :

http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/new-providence-bahamas/Hurricane_Matthew_aftermath_photos_of_New_Providence50726.shtml


http://www.tribune242.com/news/2016/oct/08/live-updates-hurricane-matthew/

www.tribune242.com
NINE Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels are departing Key West and returning to the Bahamas with relief supplies donated by Florida Keys residents and businesses for victims of Hurricane Matthew. The Bahamas Power & Light Company (BPL) has begun restoring power to parts of New Providence, but warns it could take days "or even longer" before power is restored to all customers on the island. Grand Bahama has suffered significant damage.




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- Grand Bahama
  • By Kate Taylor <katybel86 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 20:02:32 -0400
First let me say that I am not on island. My news is from phone calls to friends and facebook....God bless the internet.  I think I can safely say that Hurricane Matthew ws the strongest and most devastating storm that Grand Bahama has experienced in recent history. Everyone I have talked to has said it was worse than Frances and Gene in 2004 .  The western end of the island flooded being our lowest elevation and a few other communities heading east.  The anticipated 12 ft storm surge did not materialize saving countless homes from water damage but, the wind damage was terrible.  Power lines and trees are down island wide. Several roofs are off.  Homes not built to code sustained the most damage. A tornado touched down in Lucaya ripping off roofs in its path.Most of our Hurricanes have come over our north shore which is mostly uninhabited. We all live along the south shore so this was a big reason for so much damage.
Many thanks to the Grand Bahama Police whom I have been told were out in the storm all night tending to emergencies and to the Power company that will be working very hard from now on.  We will rebuild and carry on.  

- Conch shells bought from the sea to land
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:22:32 -0400

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- Trees down
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:21:16 -0400

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- Docks floating in the sea
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:20:35 -0400

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- After the storm the sun came out
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:19:38 -0400
Good evening
We weathered the storm and the island does not look the same
Lots and lots of tree damage flooding and still some roads which are impassable 
Despite this we are thankful it is a time when Neighbors are helping each other 
with the clean up process
The worst part is the heat and no electricity 
Thank you out there for all your prayers I will send some photos
God bless 
Angela

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- Mathew
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2016 19:13:07 +0000
As of 3pm Abaco 95% restored with utilities

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- Mathew
  • By Keith Bishop <keithbish at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 18:40:10 -0400
630 Thursday evening
Glad to report Abaco faired very well . Still experiencing tropical storm force
winds but very little rain



- San Salvador Bahamas
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 15:30:31 +0000 (UTC)
Well glad to inform all we survived Had High wind But hardly any rain the south end. Lost power so could not post last night.
All utilities up & running again so far found no significant damage. Hopefully the rest of the Bahamas stays safe  & sound wishing them well .
Sandra Pitt .

- Trees down
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 11:11:01 -0400

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Trees are down 
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- Walls down extensive flooding
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:56:18 -0400

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We are currently being battered

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- Flooding New Providence
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:32:54 -0400

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This is on west tip of island

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- It is here
  • By Angela Culmer <>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 07:40:52 -0400
View from garden
It is really windy

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- Matthew is here
  • By Angela Culmer <>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 06:11:19 -0400
Good morning
All we can hear is the wind
It is pitch black so far so good
Of course no power the winds are loud and very heavy
Looking forward to saying good bye to Matthew
Can hear some items blowing around 
More later


- Gray's, Long Island Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:03:15 -0400
All is well!

Had minimal effects from this storm in Long Island. Now enjoying the gentle 
breeze.

Praying for the rest of The Bahamas.

Please be safe!

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- 12pm Nassau
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 23:55:31 -0400
Hi
Breezy outside lost power at 10 pm
Managing to rest 
Continuing to pray
Some people still have power very jealous
Not too uncomfortable yet
Will update in a few hours


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- Abaco
  • By <ms.abacom at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 22:20:21 +0000 (UTC)
Just experienced some heavy rain and winds at 10-20mph from the upper band of Matthew. Gone calm now though with very overcast skies. Still have power though expecting that to go out as storm approaches closer. Concerned about possible surge though as we face south, even if we only get the edge of the winds and rain.
 
Malcolm Spicer,



- Gray's, Long Island, Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:26:01 -0400
Winds have picked up, gusting about 80 mph with some rain.
However, we are still sitting outside with the door open.


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- Outer bands
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:38:09 -0400
Here is a video of the rain 
It has begun 
Not much wind more rain 

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- Gray's, Long Island Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 13:31:45 -0400
Overcast, but still hot and somewhat sunny. Absolutely no rain as yet.

Very breezy, with gusts up to 60mph.

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- Abaco Bahamas
  • By Keith Bishop <keith at islandsbydesign.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 16:58:03 +0000
About 30 hours away , slightly overcast some light rain wind less than 5mph. 
Most have taken this very seriously .

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- Nassau
  • By Angela Culmer <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 12:19:37 -0400
We are at home waiting my husband and son are helping some people with shutters 
as we speak 
We are praying all is well and waiting for the heavy squalls
Will post as often as I can
It is an overcast day with rain at the moment 

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- San Salvador
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 15:55:04 +0000 (UTC)
The winds are Picking up & the Ocean  very rough at Southern end of Island  did check on my house & all well so far. Still have all utilities hopefully for a while. Not had much rain at all !!!! Sandra  Pitt.
Wishing everyone in Bahamas  Good Luck .

- San Salvador Bahamas
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 11:54:02 +0000 (UTC)
  Good Morning  still very calm  south end of the island no rain as yet .  Calm before the storm as we know will get more later. Please all take care in the Bahamas as Matthew travels through the Islands . Sandra Pitt

- Nassau
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 20:16:42 -0400
Good Evening
We are getting more anxious and apprehensive.
All preparations have been made we are battened up and have bought all 
necessary provisions.
We are glued to all of the updates and are grateful for the planes that fly 
into the hurricane.
We are regularly briefed by our local government who have actively researched 
low lying areas so that as much as possible we can be safe.

Will keep you updated as much as possible thank you for the prayers 

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- Matthew
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 09:39:24 +0000 (UTC)
Still unbelievably  calm in San Sal not even any Rain. Just a few Gusts of wind starting   The Track seems to be moving slightly away from us .
 Everyone Take care always a calm before a storm.
Sandra Pitt.

- Gray's, Long Island Bahamas
  • By Esther Wells <estherw01 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2016 04:01:28 -0400


Good Morning,

Expecting the worse, while preparing frantically for Matthew.

Residents are very wary after that awful experience with Joaquin. So, shutters up, important papers secured, gas stations busy and food stores bustling. 

Many of the elderly are being moved to higher ground, and others have left the island already.

Praying Matthew passes quickly.

This is a picture of my neighborhood taken after the last hurricane.
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Area was inundated with salt water.

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- New Providence prepares for
  • By "Mrs. Hogg" <BahamasTutor at live.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 22:44:14 +0000

Greetings All. As we watch news report about the strong hurricane Matthew,  folks are taking the threat VERY seriously. Gas stations, food stores, pharmacies, water depots and hardware stores parking lots have been packed as we prepare to protect our families and property. 

Right now the air  is quiet . The seas are gently rolling. Soon it will be time to hunker down and to continue to pray for ourselves and our brothers and sisters who are already in the path of Matthew.


- Matthew
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:11:42 -0400
Every day we see changes in the path of Matthew,the fishing boats are in port. 
preparations are underway.
The gas stations are busy the stores are busy water depots are full of lines
We are anxious, praying and watching
The shutters are up at the moment it is a beautiful day in Paradise.
God bless everyone.
Angela

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- Guana Cay Abaco
  • By Michie Ruiz <michieruiz at icloud.com>
  • Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:19:32 -0400
House is boarded up and prayer for the least amount of wind damage



Michelle 

- Abaco
  • By ms.abacom at yahoo.com
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:00:11 +0000 (UTC)
Here on Abaco Island everyone preparing. Shutters going up. Stores very busy.
Everyone taking the storm very seriously. Latest advisory has it coming right
over us but praying it moves more easterly and out into the ocean. Beautiful day
otherwise.
 
Malcolm Spicer,


- Hurricane Matthew
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 17:40:33 +0000 (UTC)
Hi this Is Sandra Pitt in San Salvador Bahamas All is calm so far & people are preparing for the Worst was only a year ago we were hit very badly & a lot not repaired . Will keep posting as long as Possible at the Moment Under Hurricane Watch imagine tomorrow we will feel more
Fingers Crossed for all in it's path Sandra .

- Battening Down The 'Atches
  • By "Kimberly King-Burns" <kkingburns at convergenz.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2016 10:13:35 -0700

The entire archipelago continues its careful monitoring of Matthew’s path, and is finalizing its storm prep and hurricane shelter network.  The government chartered a Bahamasair jet this weekend to pick up stranded college students in Jamaica, and is planning a similar run to pick up elderly, physically-challenged and younger residents of the southern islands later today.  Cell phone chargers, supplies of water,  and kerosene lanterns are at the ready, as the Bahamas watches the storm’s passage over Hispaniola and Cuba.

 

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- Matthew
  • By Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Oct 2016 18:53:08 -0400
At this moment we continue to watch and wait. When visiting the food store 
today there was a complaint that there no more five gallon bottles of water 
available. I did see one gallon bottles all of the bread had been sold and the 
shelf was empty.
Some storm shutters are up and we intend to put ours up on Tuesday.
The water stations situated on main streets are closed because they have sold 
out.
We pray for those in Cuba and Haiti and monitor the storm closely.
Angela



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- Fwd: Bahamas Nassau
  • By Gert van Dijken <gert at vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2016 20:17:05 -0700
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Angela <angelaculmer at gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Oct 1, 2016 at 8:14 PM
Subject: Bahamas Nassau


Good Evening
We are anxiously watching and waiting .Preparations are underway the food stores, weather stations and lumber yards are very busy
This is a strong hurricane and it needs to be taken seriously
Angela

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- San Salvador Bahamas
  • By Sandra Pitt <romperpitt at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:04:54 +0000 (UTC)
Good evening we are watching closely as was one year ago we were devastated. Sandra Pitt

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