“Weak tropical storm” expected to impact southern islands by Friday, says MET Office
Nassau, Bahamas — A tropical storm watch has been issued for the southeast Bahamas and a storm alert is in effect for the central Bahamas as a weather system in the Atlantic creeps closer to the southeast Bahamas.
According to Senior Deputy Director in the Department of Meteorology Jeffrey Simmons, the system was expected to pass over The Bahamas as a “weak tropical storm”, beginning Friday.
The system is expected to become a named storm later today. It would be called Isaias.
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions could be experienced within 48 hours.
The storm watch includes the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, Ragged Island, Long Cay, and Samana Cay.
A tropical storm watch also remains in effect for the Turks & Caicos Islands.
The tropical storm alert is in effect for the Central Bahamas, including Long island, Cat Island, Exuma, Rum Cay, San Salvador, South Eleuthera and South Andros.
A tropical storm alert means tropical storm conditions could affect the areas within 60 hours.
As of 8am, the center of ‘potential tropical cyclone nine’ was located 55 miles west-southwest of Dominica or around 840 miles southeast of Inagua.
The system was traveling west-northwest at 23 miles per hour. It is expected to lose some forward speed over the next few days.
On the forecast track, the system is expected to move over the Turks and Caicos Islands by Thursday evening and over the southeast Bahamas on Friday.
The system has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. It is projected to increase in strength today, before weakening on Thursday.
According to meteorologists, there could be some restrengthening on Friday.
“Localized flooding and gusty winds are expected in the aforementioned islands as the system approaches,” the MET Department said.
“Rainfall amounts of four to eight inches can be expected over the southeast Bahamas and three to six inches over the Turks and Caicos islands.
“Swells generated by potential tropical cyclone nine are forecast to affect the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas on Thursday. Boaters in these areas should remain in port.”
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