Met Dept. warns of possible flooding, tornadic activity

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology is warning residents in the northwest and central Bahamas to prepare for possible flooding in low lying areas, potential waterspout and tornadic activity and heavy thunderstorms.

In a special weather statement, Chief Meteorological Officer Shayvonne Moxey-Bonamy and Deputy Director Basil Dean said a frontal boundary over the southeast Bahamas will back up over the central Bahamas today and stall through Thursday.

“Conditions are expected to become favorable for the development of an area of low pressure along the frontal boundary on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Cat Island,” they wrote.

“Pockets of squally showers, heavy thunderstorms, strong gusty winds and the potential for waterspouts and tornadic activity can be expected over portions of the northwest and central Bahamas Wednesday through Saturday.

“Residents in the northwest and central Bahamas should prepare for possible flooding, especially in low lying areas due to long periods of rain.”

The department noted that the system will move away from The Bahamas late Saturday.

This low pressure system, a met official said, is not to be confused with another low pressure system developing over the northern Bahamas that could form into a tropical storm.

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