Tuesday 20 October, 2020

Hurricane warning discontinued for parts of The Bahamas

The Hurricane Warning has been discontinued for Central Bahamas as of 9 am.  

This includes Exuma, Cat Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador and Long Island. 

The MET office has given the all-clear for these islands but hastened to warn that severe thunderstorms associated with the outer bands of hurricane Isaias can be experienced throughout the day. 

Hurricane warning remains in effect for the northwest Bahamas: the Andros Islands, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini, the Berry Islands and neighbouring Cays. 

Citizens are reminded that a hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are being experienced or could be experienced in the warning area within 36 hours. 

At 8 am The Bahamas Department of Meteorology Radar located the centre of Isaias about two miles north northwest of Congo Town, south of Andros, 30 miles southeast of Fresh Creek, 170 miles south-southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama and 50 miles south of New Providence. 

According to a report from the MET office, Isaias continues to move northwest at 12mph with a decrease in forwarding speed expected in a day. 

The Centre of the hurricane moved on-land in the vicinity of Fresh Creek around 10 am on Saturday and is expected to remain on-land until roughly 2 pm. 

Relative calm is expected for a brief moment at this juncture but the MET office cautioned residents about venturing outside. 

Maximum sustained winds are near 85mph. 

Little change in strength is expected through Sunday and Isaias is forecast to remain a hurricane during this time.

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