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Tropical weather could impact the Bahamas
Info Editor   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 08:22
As we approach the peak of the hurricane season it is time for everyone in the Bahamas to keep a close eye on the weather.

Currently the National Hurricane Center is monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac and TD #10.

Below is an excerpt from the Tropical Storm ISAAC Public Advisory 8am ADT from the National Hurricane Center, Miami, Florida:

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...LONG CAY...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
* PUERTO RICO...VIEQUES...CULEBRA...AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
* NORTH COAST OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM THE HAITI-DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC NORTHERN BORDER EASTWARD TO NORTH OF ISLA SAONA

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.
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News item on Tropical Storm Ernesto by Bahamas Department of Meteorology
Submitted by BIS   
Sunday, 05 August 2012 07:30

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will continue to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Ernesto, as it is expected to move across the Eastern and Central Caribbean Sea over the next couple of days.  

However, it is only a precautionary measure, as the system is not directly affecting the country.  

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has advised: “What we are having is a combination of a surface trough and an upper level system to the west of us. For the next 24 hours we will be experiencing intermittent heavy down pour and periods of isolated thunder showers.”  

The forecast for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season calls for 12 tropical storms, five named hurricanes and two major hurricanes. The named storms are Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony Valarie and William.  

The hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30.

 
NEMA assesses tornado damage in Abaco; offers safety tips
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:14

MURPHY TOWN, Abaco - An assessment team lead by Captain Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, conducted an inspection of the damage caused by a tornado, which stuck the settlement Thursday, May 24, 2012.

William Krezel, Structural Engineer of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and Leading Mechanic Sydney Larrimore, of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Technical Department, accompanied Captain Russell.

The team discovered that four properties were “clearly impacted” by a severe weather system, which passed through the islands of Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco and adjacent waters. The Met Department had issued a warning of a thunderstorm, which can cause strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpour and possible tornadic activity.

The four properties impacted were: A duplex unit. The lower panels of a door were blown out and the roof suffered minor damage.

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Severe thunderstorm warning
Submitted by Lindsay Knowles   
Thursday, 24 May 2012 15:18

The bahamas department of meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning from 1:15pm until 3:15pm, and maintains a watch until 5:00pm thursday 24th, may 2012.A severe thunderstorm warning is now in effect for, bimini, grand bahama, abaco and their adjacent waters while a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for berry islands, north andros and their adjacent waters.

At 1:10pm, radar and satellite data indicated   clusters of strong thunderstorms moving northeast from the florida straits toward the warning areas, and isolated strong thunderstorms approaching the watched areas.ome of these thunderstorms have the potential to be severe at times causing strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpours and possible waterspout or tornadic activity.Boaters in the warning and watch areas should remain alert and seek safe harbour and residents in the warning and watch areas should stay indoors and away from windows until conditions improve.

 
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