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All-clear given as TS Erika leaves; NEMA deactivates
Submitted by NEMA Bahamas   

NASSAU, The Bahama - The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued an “All Clear” for The Bahamas, as Tropical Storm Erika moved away from The Bahamas on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

An All Clear means that all tropical storm watches and warnings have been discontinued for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Meanwhile, Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), deactivated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) , which was particularly activated Thursday, to monitor the track of Tropical Storm Erika projected to cross over the entire archipelago.

Alert #22 was issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology on Tropical Storm Erika at 10 am , Saturday, August 29, 2015, noting the storm has dissipated into a trough of low pressure.

“The all clear is now in effect. All clear means that tropical storm watches and warnings have been discontinued for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands,” The Met Department said.

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PM describes Sir Albert as a legend
Written by BIS   

PRIME MINISTER The Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie is pictured as he spoke to family member of the late Sir Albert Miller on Friday morning. Also pictured, from left, is Foreign Affairs & Immigration Minister the Honourable Frederick Mitchell, Tourism Minister the Honourable Obadiah Wilchcombe, and Sir Baltron Bethel. Standing behind the Prime Minister is the Commissioner of Police Mr. Ellison Greenslade and other senior officers.  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister the Right Honourable Perry Gladstone Christie on Friday morning described the late Sir Albert Miller as a man of legendary status and one who made a tremendous impact on the growth and development of Grand Bahama Island and the country as a whole.

The Prime Minister was participating in the official viewing of Sir Albert’s body, which on Friday lay in repose at the Gerald Bartlett Police Headquarters in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Born February 19, 1926 at Long Island, Sir Albert was 89 when he passed away on August 18th 2015. He served for more than thirty years as a senior executive of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, retiring as Co-Chairman of the company.

Prior to that Sir Albert was a distinguished police officer having received many colonial medals. He joined the Force in 1943 and rose to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

He was an outstanding businessman, owning and holding shares in many companies. He was a Rotarian and former Chairman of the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board and was quite active in the Anglican Church.

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Grand Bahama MOT ready for TS Erika
Submitted by Mikala Moss   

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) is in a state of readiness as Tropical Storm Erika moves toward The Islands of The Bahamas.

All hotels, resorts and marinas on Grand Bahama Island have activated their hurricane programs and are taking all necessary precautions to protect visitors and residents alike.

As of 11:00am today the Northern Bahamas remains on Tropical Storm Watch; which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

The GB Airport Company advised that the Grand Bahama International Airport will remain open until further notice, and all scheduled and charter flights are arriving/departing as usual.

Bahamasair will depart Grand Bahama on Saturday, August 29th at 3:30pm. Their planes will seek shelter in Jamaica until further notice.

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Bahamasair schedule adjustments notice
Submitted by BIS   

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Bahamasair wishes to advise the traveling public that due to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Erika, our schedule will be adjusted as follows:

On Saturday August 29, Bahamasair will operate all morning flights with the exception of Acklins, Crooked Island, San Salvador, Long Island and Havana. Our afternoon schedule will be cancelled.

On Sunday, August 30, Bahamasair will suspend its operations until Tuesday, September 1, 2015 once safe operating conditions have resumed.

Further advisories will be issued tomorrow as new information about the storm becomes available. We invite you to stay tuned to this radio station for further updates.

 
NEMA partially activates to closely monitor Tropical Storm Erika
Submitted by NEMA Bahamas   

The National Disaster Committee at its regular monthly meeting on Friday, August 28, 2015; during which representatives reported on their level of readiness ahead of the projected impact of Tropical Storm Erika.  Chief Meteorological Officer Arnold King of the Bahamas Department of Meteorology giving an overview of the weather situation. (Photo/NEMA)NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, partially activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), on Thursday, August 27, 2015, to continue to closely monitor the movements of Tropical Storm Erika and its potential threat to the Islands.

At 6pm Director of NEMA Captain Stephen Russell began to mobilize administrative staff and members of the 13 Emergency Support Function (ESF) groups, who would report to the NEOC, the hub of the monitoring systems and operations.

First Assistant Secretary Chrystal Glinton confirmed that the Family Island Administrators were contacted, to ensure that they met with their local disaster committees on their level of preparedness.

A core team from NEMA administrative staff will be stationed at the NEOC to monitor the system and ensure that proper procedures are followed, and to stay in constant contact with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology for further instructions.

On Friday, August 28, members of the National Disaster Committee met in its regular monthly meeting at NEMA's office,and to report on the level of readiness of their respective areas. A representative from the United States Embassy was also present to share some of the necessary steps taken to ensure the safety of American residents and visitors, and to assist NEMA, if needed.

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