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Little impact from Isaias, but PM urges Bahamians to remain on alert as season far from over

An aerial assessment indicated that Hurricane Isaias caused minimal damage to The Bahamas, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said last night.

“To assess the effects of Isaias, we did a flyover of the northern Bahamas yesterday,” Minnis said in a national address.

“I was accompanied by Minister of Works Desmond Bannister and the director of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell. I also invited the leader of the opposition, who joined us on the flyover.

“Also on the flight were Kevin O’Reilly, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere for the United States, who is temporarily the chargé d’affaires to The Bahamas, and Rear Admiral Eric Jones, commander of District 7 of the United States Coast Guard.”

He said they flew over Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands.

Minnis noted that the weather did not permit them to fly over Grand Bahama.

“From the air, there did not appear to be much physical damage to structures,” he said.

“NEMA and the Ministry of Works will continue their assessment and provide the appropriate responses to any need or damage that exists on the ground.”

Minnis thanked NEMA and the other government departments and agencies that prepared for the storm.

“I also thank the Bahamian people and residents of the entire archipelago for their readiness ahead of Isaias in these pandemic times,” he said.

“The storm turned out to be less destructive than we had prepared for.”

Minnis said The Bahamas must remain on alert for the remainder of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which ends at the end of November.

Isaias, a Category 1 storm with winds reaching up to 85 miles per hour, was the first storm of this hurricane season to hit The Bahamas.

It caused flooding on some islands, including Long Island and Grand Bahama.

Isaias was also the first storm since Hurricane Dorian, a monster Category 5 storm, which displaced thousands of people, killed at least 74 and caused $3.4 billion in damage and losses.

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