NP residents prepare for Dorian

A line of vehicles at Chelsea’s Choice held up traffic yesterday morning as residents carried out preparations in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to arrive in the northern Bahamas on Sunday morning.

Operations Manager Charmon Jennings said the water company is doing the best it can to keep up with the demand.

“As you can see it’s extremely busy, but we’re doing the best that we could to provide quality service at an affordable price,” Jennings said.

“We’re just doing the best that we could, but it’s [been]extremely busy for the last couple of days.”

He added, “ We’ve been through this before, and we’ve managed to come out okay. We could handle it.”

Lillian Jones, who was in line to get water, said she was trying to beat the rush of people.

“I came to make sure I get my last two bottles filled, and we have everything else ready,” she said.

She added, “I’ve seen other hurricanes and I know the rush is strong at the end.”

Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Grand Bahama, Eleuthera and New Providence, were placed under hurricane warning yesterday.

Hurricane Dorian is projected to make landfall on Abaco on Sunday morning as a category four storm, with winds over 140 miles per hour.

It is then expected to continue west towards Grand Bahama.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis warned yesterday that aside from the strong winds, flooding is a major concern, as the storm is projected to produce a surge of over 15 feet, which could be exacerbated by a spring tide.

Although New Providence is south of the hurricane’s most likely path, Minnis warned that hurricanes are unpredictable, and urged residents on the island to prepare as best they can for the worst.

At Solomon’s Super Center, Cynthia Collie said she was doing only basic preparations.

“We’re just getting some supplies so we’re prepared, and the lights are always off so that’s why we got the two fans,” she said.

“Basically, that’s it, we didn’t get much stuff.”

She said that she and her husband weren’t planning to put shutters on their home.

“I don’t think he wants to batten down today,” she said.

“I guess he wants to take the chance. We have windows that should be able to withstand a hurricane.”

However, Ms. Roker, who was beginning her shopping at the supermarket, said she was doing all she could to be ready, and had started her preparations earlier in the week.

“I just prefer to be prepared,” she said.

“I don’t like to wait until the last minute to do anything. I just prefer to be prepared and get it over with.”

She added, “[I’m taking the storm] very seriously. It could turn.”

Asked what advice she would give to others in Nassau, she said, “Please go and get prepared because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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