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Met. Dept.: Remain Ready for Severe Weather

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Rain from hurricane Ian is expected to affect the northwest islands of The Bahamas through Friday, according to the latest severe weather statement, issued by the Department of Meteorology.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Rain from hurricane Ian is expected to affect the northwest islands of The Bahamas through Friday, according to the latest severe weather statement, issued by the Department of Meteorology.

At 11am, hurricane Ian was located 305 miles south southwest of Sarasota Florida, or about 325 miles southwest of Alice Town Bimini, 365 miles southwest of Red Bays Andros, 380 miles southwest of West End, 390 miles southwest of Freeport Grand Bahama, 465 miles southwest of Marsh Harbour and about 420 miles southwest of New Providence. Ian is moving on a northerly track with a forward speed of 10 miles per hour, maximum sustain winds are 115 miles per hour.

“Due to its large expanse and the fact that the islands are located on the strongest side of the storm, rainbands from Hurricane Ian will continue to bring heavy rains, severe thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, gusty winds and possible tornadic activity to the Northwest Bahamas, in particular the islands of Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, the Berry Islands and Andros,” the statement says.

Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches, are expected with isolated amounts of up to 8 inches through Friday.

Severe localized flooding is possible in “low-lying, and flood prone areas”.

Residents should look out for minor coastal flooding along the east and south coasts during the high tide cycle. Residents are advised to exercise extreme caution while moving about today and the remainder of the week.

Wind gusts up to tropical storm force can be expected on islands in the extreme northwest Bahamas (Bimini, Grand Bahama, the Berry Islands and Abaco their surrounding waters and Cays), where winds are forecast to reach near gale force (28 to 33 knots).

Mariners and boaters in these area, are to remain in port and beachgoers are advised to refrain from entering the waters.

“The public is reminded that storms DO NOT move in a straight line, they tend to wobble. Therefore, a state of readiness should be maintained in the event the Ian tracks farther east.”

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings will be issued, when required, throughout the day and into Friday. Residents are advised to pay close attention to all warnings/statements issued by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology (BDM).

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