Weather radar down for the past week
One year after a tornado touched down at the Freeport Container Port and led to the death of three of its employees, the weather radar at the Department of Meteorology is not functional and has been out of service for a week, according to Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology Basil Dean.
Last night there was thunderstorm activity in western Grand Bahama, a situation Dean said forecasters were watching carefully with the help of a lightning detection network, pilot weather briefing stations and imagery from weather radars in the United States.
Dean said a gear on the radar has to be replaced.
“These things are normal because the weather radar is a piece of equipment that is constantly moving and those movable parts from time to time become worn and have to(be changed),”Dean said yesterday, adding that the replacement part had already been ordered.
“It should be here in short order and once we take delivery of that the necessary repairs will be done. We should return to normalcy pretty soon.”
Dean said the radar has been in operation since 2002.