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Posted by:Sep 4th 2008, 12:28:34 pm
Fig Tree News TeamNEMA At The Ready
By TAMARA McKENZIE, Bahama Journal

All hands were on deck as of yesterday afternoon, as the entire Bahamas made preparations to brace for the onslaught of Tropical Storm Hanna. A hurricane warning was issued for the northwestern Bahamas and another for the Central and Northwest Bahamas.

This included Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abaco, New Providence Andros, The Berry Islands, Eleuthera, Cat Island, the Exumas and its Cays, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

A hurricane warning means that winds in excess of 73 miles per hour could be experienced in the warning area within 24 hours.

As of 6:00 p.m. yesterday, a tropical storm warning was also issued for the southeastern Bahamas [Acklins and Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Long Cay, Mayaguana and Inagua] and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

A tropical storm warning means that wind speeds of 40 to 73 miles per hours could be felt in the warning area within 24 hours.

Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology Trevor Basden said at a briefing held by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday that Tropical Storm Hanna had finally begun her trek through the northern Bahamas, and as of 5:00p.m. yesterday the Met Department had downgraded the tropical storm warning for the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands to a tropical storm watch.

He noted, however, that a hurricane warning remained in effect for the Central Bahamas.

Mr. Basden said as of 5:00 p.m. yesterday, a hurricane warning was expected to be issued for the northwest Bahamas, including the islands of New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands.

"Even though Hanna is presently a tropical storm, hurricane warnings are in effect for the Central Bahamas and will come in effect for the northwest Bahamas because Tropical Storm Hanna is expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the next 24 hours," Mr. Basden said.

"We in The Bahamas have been very blessed during the passage of Tropical Storm Hanna because even though it moved over the western tip of Mayaguana and directly over Inagua yesterday, very minimal damage was reported, there was no flooding and only windy conditions."

"However, our brothers and sisters in the Turks and Caicos Islands experienced extreme to severe flooding over Providenciales and Grand Turk Island," Mr. Basden said. "At present in Inagua and Mayaguana, they are just reporting cloudy skies, light winds and choppy seas."

Putting a timeline on Tropical Storm Hanna, Mr. Basden said she was expected to move directly over Providenciales of the Turks and Caicos Islands at 10:00p.m. last night and over the eastern tip of Mayaguana at 1:00a.m. this morning. She was then expected to move over to San Salvador at 1:00 p.m. today, he said.

Interim NEMA Director Commander Stephen Russell, said shelters had been activated in the western, central, eastern and southeastern New Providence, and throughout the Family Islands. Special needs shelters have also been activated for pets and for individuals with special needs.

The Ministry of Education also announced yesterday that all government schools will be closed until further notice.

The Department of Civil Aviation is expected to issue an advisory on the closure of the Lynden Pindling International Airport as early as this morning, but, while giving an update yesterday on Bahamian airspace and all airports throughout the Bahamas, Capt. Pat Rolle of the Department of Civil Aviation reported that the airports in Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Acklins, San Salvador, and in Deadmanís Cay and Stella Maris Long Island were closed.

Capt. Rolle explained that early yesterday morning, the Exuma airport was closed because of a "misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the forecast," but it later reopened.

"The airports that are open and functioning are south Andros, Mangrove Cay, Andros Town, Fresh Creek, North Andros, all of the airports in Eleuthera and LPIA of course" he said. "All of the airports in Abaco, the Berry Islands, which include Chub Cay and Great Harbour Cay; Bimini, and in Freeport are open."

Capt. Rolle said these airports were expected to close as Tropical Strom Hanna moves north and the airport was using a target wind factor of 40 knots before it decides to close.

"Once the winds get to 35 knots, we will have to shut the radar system down so that it can rotate the antenna and that will of course affect all of the approaches," he said.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Shenandoah Evans said officers were communicating with all islands throughout the day on Wednesday to get an update on the storm and no serious matters had been reported.

Meanwhile, as of 5:00 p.m. yesterday, the center of Tropical Storm Hanna was located near latitude 21.9 degrees north and longitude 71.9 degrees west or about 60 miles west northwest of Grand Turk Island, 100 miles northeast of Great Inagua, 60 miles east southeast of Acklins and about 410 miles east southeast of New Providence.

Hanna was moving toward the north near 12 miles per hour, and a turn to the northwest with an increase in forward speed was expected over the next 24 hours. "On the forecast track, the center of Hanna should be moving through or just to the east of the Central and Northwestern Bahamas over the next 24 to 36 hours. The islands of San Salvador, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Abaco are expected to bear the brunt of the storm," according to the Department of Meteorology.

"Maximum sustained winds are near to 60 miles per hour with higher gusts. Graduation strengthening is expected over the next couple of days and Hanna could become a hurricane by tomorrow [today]," the Met Office forecasted.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2008, 11:37:15 am
Fig Tree News TeamWednesday midday:
TROPICAL STORM HANNA ADVISORY NUMBER 27
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082008
1100 AM AST WED SEP 03 2008

...HANNA GETTING LARGER...BUT NOT STRONGER...AS IT EDGES NORTHWARD...

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT IN HISPANIOLA FROM PORT AU PRINCE HAITI NORTHWARD AND WESTWARD TO PUERTO PLATA IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.

INTERESTS IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF HANNA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 1100 AM AST...1500Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HANNA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.6 NORTH...LONGITUDE 71.8 WEST OR ABOUT 95
MILES...155 KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GREAT INAGUA ISLAND AND ABOUT 75
MILES...125 KM...SOUTHWEST OF GRAND TURK ISLAND.

HANNA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 6 MPH...9 KM/HR. A TURN TO
THE NORTHWEST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF HANNA SHOULD BE MOVING THROUGH OR JUST EAST OF THE CENTRAL AND NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST TODAY...BUT HANNA
COULD REGAIN HURRICANE STRENGTH TOMORROW OR ON FRIDAY.

HANNA HAS BECOME A LARGE TROPICAL CYCLONE. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 290 MILES...465 KM...MAINLY TO THE NORTH OF THE CENTER.

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 997 MB...29.44 INCHES.

HANNA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...
WITH MAXIMUM ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES...OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS...AND EASTERN CUBA. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO
15 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE OVER HISPANIOLA...WHERE THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES. MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE ALONG THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA BY FRIDAY MORNING.

Posted by:Sep 2nd 2008, 07:57:57 pm
Fig Tree News TeamTROPICAL STORM HANNA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 24A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082008
800 PM AST TUE SEP 02 2008

...HANNA DRIFTING EASTWARD...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE NORTHERN COAST OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FROM PUERTO PLATA WESTWARD TO BAHIA DE MANZANILLO.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR HAITI FROM THE NORTHERN BORDER WITH THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO PORT-AU-PRINCE.
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

INTERESTS IN EASTERN CUBA...THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS...AND THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF HANNA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 800 PM AST...0000Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HANNA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 72.4 WEST OR ABOUT
65 MILES...105 KM...SOUTHEAST OF GREAT INAGUA ISLAND IN THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS AND ABOUT 450 MILES...725 KM...SOUTHEAST OF NASSAU.

HANNA HAS BEEN DRIFTING TOWARD THE EAST DURING THE PAST FEW HOURS.
HOWEVER...A NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN EARLY WEDNESDAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK...HANNA WILL BE MOVING ACROSS THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS TONIGHT...AND NEAR OR OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS TOMORROW...AND THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS ON THURSDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH...100 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST TONIGHT...BUT SOME
STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...AND HANNA COULD REGAIN HURRICANE STRENGTH DURING THAT PERIOD.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES...320 KM FROM THE CENTER.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE MEASURED BY THE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 988 MB...29.18 INCHES.

HANNA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...
WITH MAXIMUM ISOLATED AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES...OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS...AND EASTERN CUBA.
RAINFALL TOTALS OF 6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF UP TO 15 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE OVER HISPANIOLA WHERE THESE RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING MUD SLIDES AND FLASH FLOODING.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 3 TO 5 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED IN AREAS OF ONSHORE FLOW WITHIN THE HURRICANE WARNING AREA.

SWELLS FROM HANNA ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THE RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS ALONG PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES COAST DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.

REPEATING THE 800 PM AST POSITION...20.5 N...72.4 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD...EAST NEAR 3 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...988 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT 1100 PM AST.

Posted by:Sep 2nd 2008, 12:01:35 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAtlantic looks like a railroad
Max Weather

As the stream of tropical waves continues across the Atlantic from Africa, it is beginning to look like a freight train route!

Gustav, Now inland has claimed more then 100 lives, most in the Caribbean. Tornados now remain the greatest threat. Thousands of homes destroyed in Cuba, many in Jamaica, most casualties were again in Haiti. Over 1 million are without power this morning along effected areas of the Gulf coast. Support for Gurricane victims is nearly unlimited this time unlike for Katrina when the state of LA did nothing and media focused on the 200 square miles of New Orleans for political reasons and left 9,000 sq. miles to the East of New Orleans to fend for themselves to confront coastal destruction and deaths.

Hanna, As of 5 AM EDT, 21.3N 72.7W a CAT 1, movement West at 2 mph. This is truly going to slam the lower Bahamas and probably going to go more damage to Western Hispaniola and Eastern Cube as it will remain essentially fixed for the better part of the next 48 hours. GRrr

It is forecast by Thursday to be in the vicinity of Nassau as at least a Cat 2 gurricane. Most cruisers and sport fishers have left the Bahamas to the South of Puerto Rico or Stateside. The Eastern Florida coast does not assure haven as predictions have been extremely variable. Devastating rains and flooding will continue over much of the Southeast Bahamas. (And who was asking for rain?)

Just a note: Don't be surprised if Hanna decides to jump the Greater Antilles and goes into the Caribbean. Stranger things have happened and until it makes the swing Northeast?

The Mariners' Rule includes virtually all of Florida as depicted below:





















A Tropical Cyclone, located 200 miles East of the Northern Leeward Islands poses no threat, so they say, as it lingers?

Ike, A Tropical Storm, 18.6N 43.1W, moving West at 15 miles an hour is expected to gain Gurricane recognition at any time?

Tropical Depression 10, 12.4N 23.9W, moving West at 16 mph and is expected to drift North and effect no one? Well, I guess by now we know how that goes. grrr

All in all, this has become the 2008 stress test for most of the Eastern and North Central Caribbean, Bahamas, Gulf and lower US East Coast. Grrr

All informed media have repeatedly asked persons to be informed and prepared for the worst. Predictions for this season are not extraordinary, numerous storms can occur in any season.

When will enough have to die before even the poorest take notice and do all that is humanly possible to stay clear of harms way? Any human life, PRICELESS!

Below, pictures, spaghetti and links for you to use and pass on and use to be the best informed you can be. USELESS if not used!

Always keep an eye to weather and be safe out there, Max

Computer models (Spaghetti)
Hanna:

Tropical Storm Ike:

Tropical Depression Ten (Same as Invest 99)

Pictures:
West Atlantic:

Loop:
Western Atlantic Funktop Imagery - Satellite Services Division
Caribbean:

Loop:
Caribbean Funktop Imagery - Satellite Services Division
NHC Graphic Atlantic Tropical:

Link to Weather Underground Tropical Weather:
Tropical Weather : Weather Underground
Link to Crown Weather Services Tropical:
Tropical Weather Information
Sea Surface conditions forecast:
TAFB Forecasts and Analyses
Have a wonderful day, if you can?

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Posted by:Sep 2nd 2008, 06:57:22 am
Fig Tree News Teamhttp://www.jonesbahamas.com
September 2nd, 2008
Hanna Drenches, Ike Looms
By NAVARDO SAUNDERS

Hurricane Hanna left the islands in the southeast Bahamas drenched on Monday after the category one cyclone unleashed torrential rain for most of the day.

Packing winds of up to 80 miles per hour, the storm gained strength as it slowly trekked through the southeast Bahamas. It left behind massive flooding in Mayaguana, Crooked Island and Long Cay on Monday afternoon.

At an emergency management meeting at the Port Department at the Prince George Dock, which was broadcast live to the nation, meteorologist Mike Stubbs said that Hurricane Hanna was sitting on the "doorsteps" of the three named islands.

"Those islands should be experiencing the effects of the storm as we speak," he said. "This is a category one hurricane and I must warn residents it is nothing to play with. Those living closest to the shorelines are advised to leave their homes and seek safe shelter closer inland."

On Monday hurricane warnings were issued for the central and southeast Bahamas, which included Cat Island, the Exuma, Long Island, San Salvador, Acklins, Ragged Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island, Long Cay and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

According to Mr. Stubbs, a hurricane warning means that winds in excess of 73 miles per hour can be experienced in those areas within 24 hours.

At 5:00 p.m. the center of Hurricane Hanna was located just east of Mayaguana, about 30 miles northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 100 miles east-southeast of Acklins Island, about 45 miles north-northeast of Inagua and about 36 miles east-southeast of New Providence.

"Hanna has been meandering during the last several hours but is expected to move toward the south-southwest near three miles per hour," according to weather alert number 21 issued by the Department of Meteorology. "On the forecast track Hanna will be moving over the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast and Central Bahamas during the next couple of days."

The alert, which was issued at 6:00p.m., stated that maximum sustained winds had increased to about 80 miles per hour with higher gusts. Little change in strength was forecasted for the next 24 hours.

Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 70 miles mainly to the northeast of the center and tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 160 miles from the center.

"Heavy downpours associated with the rainbands of hurricane Hanna will generate flooding in the southeastern islands at first and thereafter spread to the central and northwestern islands over the next few days," the alert continued. "Large swells will batter the coastline of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the southeast and central Bahamas over the next few days. The swells could spread to the northwest Bahamas if the storm shifts to a west to northwest track."

Mr. Stubbs said residents in the central and southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should have already taken the necessary precautions to secure their properties.

Small craft operators in the central and southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands should remain in port and those out to sea should seek safe harbour.

"Residents in the northeast Bahamas, including New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands should go about their normal business but continue to monitor the progress of the Hanna and be prepared to take quick action should the hurricane change its course and increase its forward speed," Mr. Stubbs said.
Posted by:Sep 1st 2008, 02:03:42 pm
Fig Tree News Teamhttp://www.theeleutheran.com/index.php?news=238

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