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GB Administrators call emergency meeting in preparation for Hurricane Ian

GB Administrators call emergency meeting in preparation for Hurricane Ian

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – NEMA/Grand Bahama Consultative Committee, upon advice from the Met Office, called an Emergency Meeting at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in preparation for possible impacts from Hurricane Ian, which is headed towards Florida.

The meeting was held at the C.A. Smith Building and all relevant emergency and government agencies were present. The emergency meeting was prompted by a more southern turn of Hurricane Ian which placed the islands of Grand Bahama and Bimini in the cone of concern for strong tropical force winds.

“Because of this shift in track and because of the time line, we will not bother with a tropical storm watch, we will go straight to a tropical storm warning for Grand Bahama and Bimini at 6p.m. tonight,” said Meteorologist, Sharon Moxey-Bonaby, Officer in charge of Met Office in the Northern Bahamas. “We anticipate tropical storm conditions to start early tomorrow (Wednesday) morning and continue right into Thursday.

“We are also expecting tornadic activity once the system actually comes ashore, so we will issue a severe weather warning once that comes into play.”

While hurricane force winds are not expected to directly affect the islands of Grand Bahama and Bimini, storm shelters on the island are in a state of readiness, and some shelters were expected to open Tuesday evening, according to the Department of Social Services. By Tuesday afternoon, announcements of school closures on Grand Bahama began to be disseminated through news stations and social media outlets. Some business offices and stores have also announced closure for Wednesday.

Continuous rain in all of the Northern islands of the Bahamas began Monday night and continued all day Tuesday and is expected to increase on Wednesday and Thursday.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Hurricane Ian was situated 230 miles south east of Sarasota, Florida, and had increased in intensity to a Category 3 hurricane. It is forecast that by the time the storm intensely begins to affect Grand Bahama and Bimini, it could be a Category 4 hurricane.

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