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Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 09:04:56 pm
Fig Tree News TeamGood news at 9:00p from Arthur Rolle, meteorologist at DaBahamianTing.com ... reports that Frances is now sixty miles southeast of Rock Sound, the storm's eye is becoming more diffuse, and is slowing down to 9 mph.

www.DaBahamianTing.com
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 08:47:04 pm
chapelToday's regional news recap:

Today in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Cat Island:

7:00p EST
Per local councilor Harvey Roberts, a visual inspection of Harbour Islandís three-mile pink sand beach at 7:00p EST showed complete storm erosion.

6:00p EST
ZNS is broadcasting right now that the Glass Window Bridge is sporting 30-feet waves and has been closed to all traffic. Further north in Eleuthera, the commercial dock at Three Islands facing Harbour Island is completely submerged, even though itís still low tide.

5:00p EST
South Cat Island command control is reporting 110 mph winds there at 5:00p, well in advance of the storm's expected eye landfall at 8:00p this evening.

2:00p EST
Governor's Harbour High School is being closed as an emergency shelter, thanks to a compromised roof. All residents are being transferred to Worker's House there.

All day
DaBahamianTing.com is streaming ZNS television and radio reports live. Once electricity in Nassau goes off, though, you'll have to head to BahamasIssues.com and catch the DaBahamianTing radio coverage from there. Their weather reports are the best that we have found that are specific to the islands of the Bahamas.

12:00p EST
In Tarpum Bay, skies are completely overcast. Some rain has fallen for the first time from this hurricane. Wind gusts as a result of Frances are currently up to 50 to 60 mph in gusts. These gusts appear occasionally and then calm down again.
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Governor's Harbour has moved its local government storm shelter inland from its traditional location on the waterfront. Satellite communications are intact.

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The farmers in North Eleuthera have been busy drydocking boats and burying natural gas and other gas canisters in anticipation of flooding later tonight.

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Harbour Island has been without electricity since noon (power turned off as a precaution by BEC), but all local shelters are busy and the local government storm office is fully-manned.

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Here are some great shots of the regional "storm prep" underway, courtesy of both http://myharbourisland.com/happen_frances.htm and eee.eleutheraliving.com ...

More news later ...
Eleu.net Deserted Beach News
Fig Tree News Team at Briland.com
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 07:06:00 pm
CatIslandBoyZNS is broadcasting right now that the Glass Window Bridge has been closed to all traffic, as of 6:55pm. I don't know if any of you will get this in time to do any good. Stay safe.

Jay
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 06:48:10 pm
Fig Tree News TeamCourtesy of the satcom hurricane communications team:

At 6:05p EST, winds are blowing at 40mph, and Three Islands Dock is underwater ... at low tide.

So it begins. Thank you for your constant support, and stay tuned for damage reports, hurricane relief efforts and other news of interest with regard to Hurricane Frances.
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 05:01:58 pm
Fig Tree News TeamCourtesy of ZNS, 5:00p EST:

Governor's Harbour High School is being closed as an emergency shelter, thanks to a compromised roof. All residents are being transferred to Worker's House there.

South Cat Island command control is reporting 110 mph winds there at 5:00p, well in advance of the storm's expected eye landfall at 8:00p this evening.

DaBahamianTing.com is streaming ZNS television and radio reports live, as long as electricity in Nassau stays on. Their weather reports are the best that we have found that are specific to the islands of the Bahamas.

Stay tuned --
Kimberly
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 03:14:04 pm
Fig Tree News TeamNotes from around the island, courtesy of John Bennett, Greg Stuart, George Major and the Briland.com news team:

Tarpum Bay
TarpumBayToday.com, editor George Major notes that Frances is progressing in a West/North/West direction. It is currently moving at 14mph east of the island chain in the Bahamas. Hurricane winds, 140mph, extend 80 miles from the eye of the center. Tropical force winds, up to 75 mph, extend more than 180 miles from the center of the hurricane, with landfall predicted [as of noon EST 2 September] in South Eleuthera around 2:00a EST 3 September.

Currently our skies are completely overcast. Some rain has fallen for the first time from this hurricane. Wind gusts as a result of Frances are currently up to 50 to 60 mph in gusts. These gusts appear occasionally and then calm down again.

Our seas are presently quite choppy and in a storm like condition. All boats are out of the Bight of Eleuthera, Caribbean sea and secured on land.

Most stores in the community are now closed. There is one reliable store in the community where persons can purchase last minute hurricane supplies. They will be open as long as conditions allow.

The full force of Frances is expected to take effect by 8pm this evening as she moves into our area moving at around 14mph.

More news from Tarpum Bay Today at a later date as the network permits.

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Governor's Harbour has moved its local government storm shelter inland from its traditional location on the waterfront. Satellite communications are intact.

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The farmers in North Eleuthera have been busy drydocking boats and burying natural gas and other gas canisters in anticipation of flooding later tonight.

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Harbour Island has been without electricity since 1:00p EST, but all local shelters are busy and the local government storm office is fully-manned.

More news later ...
Eleu.net Deserted Beach News
Fig Tree News Team
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 01:06:03 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAs of 1:00p EST Thursday, Harbour Island is experiencing heavy rain and medium winds, and the town electricity is off. [Harvey Roberts, Sgt. Nesbitt reporting] The storm control center located at the courthouse on Gaol Lane is intact, and being manned by local administrator Alexander Flowers.
Posted by:Sep 2nd 2004, 12:08:12 pm
Fig Tree News TeamNews of storm preparation around the islands:
http://www.thenassauguardian.com/editorial/editorial.php

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