DOWNHILL FROM 2016: Grand Bahama growth “stunted” after back-to-back hurricanes, notes IDB report

“GB in particular shows a stagnating growth trend compared to NP, the Family Islands and The Bahamas as a whole” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report has suggested that recovery efforts on Grand Bahama following Hurricanes Matthew, Irma and Dorian have not been enough to allow the island to return to its […]

GAINING POWER: Tropical Storm Fred strengthens; southeast Bahamas in cone

Storm set to bring rainfall and moderate winds to southeast Bahamas this week NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tropical Storm Fred strengthened in the Atlantic yesterday afternoon, becoming the sixth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the southeast Bahamas, including Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins and Crooked Island, Samana […]

NO PEACE OF MIND: Abaco Chamber laments lack of hurricane preparedness and incomplete shelter facilities

“What happens if the next storm comes?” ABACO, BAHAMAS — With Abaco still rebuilding nearly two years after Hurricane Dorian leveled portions of the island, some residents are concerned about whether the island is prepared in the event of another storm. Abaco Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Albury has expressed grave concern about the level […]

2020 storm names list nearly exhausted

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There are only four storm names remaining for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season before forecasters have to implement the Greek Alphabet system. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has been forecasted to be “extremely active”, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In its revised forecast for the season last month, […]

Experts warn Category 5 hurricane surge would cover most of New Providence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Seventy-percent of New Providence would be covered by storm surge flooding if a Category 5 hurricane were to hit the island,  Scott Kuykendall from Pacific Disaster Center revealed yesterday. Kuykendall made the revelation during a presentation at the Bahamas Strong Alliance’s webinar series, commemorating the first anniversary of Hurricane Dorian. Yesterday’s discussion […]

Hurricane Isaias deals little damage — says PM

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday noted there appeared to be little physical damage to the northern Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Isaias. The National Emergency Management Agency issued the ‘all clear’ for the entire country at 9am on Sunday. The Department of Meteorology issued the ‘all clear’ for Grand Bahama, […]

BPL shutdown in eastern New Providence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Power and Light Company Ltd (BPL) has advised that three of its feeders have been shut down due to hurricane conditions. According to a statement, the feeder for the eastern-most portion of the Eastern Road was shut down first at 10.56pm Friday. “At 11.16pm Friday, a controlled shutdown was executed in […]

Hurricane warning in effect for all islands of The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Isaias formed into a hurricane overnight with maximum sustained winds of 80mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Around 2am, the National Hurricane Center issued a warning to the northwestern, southeast and central Bahamas as the Category 1 storm moves closer to Great Inagua. Those northwest islands include Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Abacos […]

Armed forces sustain more than $5m in hurricane damages

NASSAU, BAHAMAS- National Security minister Marvin Dames yesterday revealed the country’s armed forces and related agencies sustained extensive damages to assets and infrastructure, with total losses exceeding $5 million. Dames said the police force lost $5.7 million worth of assets, with the complete destruction of four stations in Abaco: Marsh Habour, Treasure Cay, Cooper’s Town […]