Authorities warn of strong sea surge on island
ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS – As strong sea surge begin to impact the island of Eleuthera, authorities have closed the Glass Window Bridge and urged residents and motorists to stay clear of the area.
“Officials on the island of Eleuthera wish to inform motorists and other road users that the Glass Window Bridge is officially closed effectively immediately due to strong sea surge,” Superintendent Shanta Knowles said, adding that the bridge will only reopen when weather permits.
“Please stay away from the area of the Bridge until the all clear is given.”
The Department of Meteorology advised this morning that residual troughing extended across The Bahamas was expected to generate unsettled weather over the islands.
A special warning issued noted that beachgoers and mariners should exercise extreme caution due to the high risk of rip currents and moderate to large northeasterly swells.
A small craft caution was also in effect.
In March 2018, five people were severely injured as they attempted to cross the bridge, which was closed at the time due to high sea surges.
Two of the victims had to be airlifted to New Providence.
That month, American Jonathon Brussow, 19, was also swept into the sea at the Queen’s Bath, south of the Glass Window Bridge.
A wave reportedly hit the 19-year-old and another man, causing them to fall into the water.
Brussow’s body was later recovered in waters in the area of Sand Pit.