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Alert #12 on TS Isaac from NEMA
Submitted by Lindsay Thompson / NEMA   
Friday, 24 August 2012 09:00

ALERT #12 ON TROPICAL STORM ISAAC ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY FRIDAY 24TH AUGUST 2012 AT 9AM.

ISAAC IS A LITTLE STRONGER.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLAND AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS, WHICH INCLUDES INAGUA, MAYAGUANA, LONG CAY, RAGGED ISLAND, CROOKED ISLAND AND ACKLINS.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR ANDROS AND THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS, INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF LONG ISLAND, SAN SALVADOR, RUM CAY, CAT ISLAND AND EXUMA AND ITS CAYS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN 36 HOURS.  A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA, GENERALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS.

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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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