Bahamians urged to prepare as storm nears

The Bahamas should prepare for the possibility of a category one or two hurricane this weekend, Senior Deputy Director in the Department of Meteorology Jeffrey Simmons said today.

A tropical storm watch has already been issued for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands as a broad area of low pressure east of the Lesser Antilles continues to strengthen.

Simmons said the system is set become a tropical storm within the next 24 hours.

Some projections have the potential storm, which will likely be named Isaias, headed towards The Bahamas by Saturday.

“It has the possibility to develop into at least a hurricane if not a category one or two, maybe not a major hurricane by the weekend,” Simmons told The Nassau Guardian.

“There is also still the possibility that our islands, like I said, that our islands could be impacted. The only issue we have right now is putting a good track on it in terms of saying to any particular island that they would be impacted, how they would be impacted and when.”

He said residents of The Bahamas should not dismiss the storm.

Simmons called on them to go into alert mode.

“The good thing is that the longer it takes to develop the less likelihood of this being a major hurricane or anything of that sort,” he said.

“Nevertheless, even if it’s a tropical storm, there could be a lot rain and the wind may not be as strong and storm surges but still I would advise, as we do all during the hurricane season, for persons to be alert.

“Seeing this system approach, my advice would be to prepare.”


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