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Posted by:Sep 4th 2004, 01:07:22 pm
watermanHello,

Does anybody have any info on how Spanish Wells made out in the hurricane?

I pray everyone is ok on Eleuthera, Briland, and Spanish Wells.
Posted by:Sep 4th 2004, 01:43:51 am
chapelCEDRA Report: All Islands

ISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
DATE: September 3, 2004
TIME: 6;00 pm

The Event: At 5:00pm Eastern Caribbean Time Hurricane Frances was
approximately
90 miles East southeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama. . The north western
Bahamas
continues to be under a Hurricane Warning as Frances slowly travels west
northwestward.

The Prognosis: Frances has been affecting the central and north western
Bahamas
for the past 24 hours and is not expected to clear the area for another 24
hours. The Central Bahamas will gradually clear this evening into tonight as
the hurricane warning for that area has been discontinued by the National
Hurricane Centre.

Status of RRM: The Regional Response Mechanism is activated. Caribbean
Disaster
Relief Unit (CDRU) on Standby

The Situation - BAHAMAS
***********************

Several islands of The Bahamas are still experiencing hurricane force and
tropical storm force winds at 5:00 pm.

Nassau ­ one person is confirmed dead. An 18-year old was outside in the
height
of the hurricane attempting to service a standby generator and was
electrocuted. Roof of shelter at Bethsheda United Missionary Baptist Church
caved in. People safely moved to neighbours.

San Salvador ­ Hurricane Frances battered this island with 140 mph winds
for 30
hours. 15 to 20 per cent of the housing stock has been damaged. Population is
1,000 people. Widespread environmental damage with fallen trees, power lines
and utility poles ­ much of which was cleared for initial damage assessment.
Health care facility is in good condition. A doctor, nurse, and official of
the
Bahamian Defence Force were pre-positioned and are assisting residents. All
tourists at Club Med were evacuated and the hotel, which is empty, sustained
roofing damage.

New Providence is the headquarters of the Emergency Operations Centre of the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) - At 5 pm tropical storm force
conditions were still affecting the island and expect to subside tomorrow.
Initial reports of environmental damage and storm surge affecting coastal
areas
and cutting off coastal roads. Some homes have been flooded but assessment is
difficult this evening.

Acklins Island ­ Sustained damage to a marine docking facility and other
coastal damage from battering waves.

Acklins/Crooked Island/Long Cay - No major damage. Two Haitian boat people
detained.

Eleuthera ­ Winds in excess of 100 mph affected the island. Storm force
conditions still affecting the island. Power is out.

Harbour ­ Power out after island affected with winds in excess of 100 mph.
Storm surge and inland flooding reported. All evacuation shelters are
occupied.
No reports of injury or death. Roads are impassable. Minor damage to health
clinic roof.

Inagua - Two vessels damaged.

Mayaguana ­ Road infrastructure damage. No loss of life. Power should be
restored by tonight or tomorrow morning.

Long Island ­ No damage

Exuma - Weather conditions improving. Water supplies restored.

Black Point ­ Telecommunications down.

Farmer’s Cay ­ Telecommunications down.

North Eleuthera - Winds reported in excess of 100 mph. Power out. Fibre optic
cable from North and South Eleuthera broken­ no land-based contact with
Spanish
Wells.

Central Eleuthera ­ No electricity and telecommunications down. No contact
with
the island.

South Eleuthera ­ Tropical storm force conditions still exist. Damage
assessment not possible at this time.

North Andros ­ Tropical storm force conditions still exist. One property
reported damaged. Full assessment not possible at this time.

Central Andros ­ No known damage. Weather conditions mild.

South Andros / Mangrove Cay ­ No reported problems

Nassau International Airport - Heavy winds. Bahamasair Holdings Office roof
and front portion was torn off making it accessible to the public. Airport
Security is stationed at the site.

Berry Islands ­ Heavy rains continuing. Assessment not possible at this time.

Abaco ­ Winds becoming strong. 250 persons in public shelters.

East Grand Bahama ­ Winds becoming stronger. About 130 persons in public
shelters.

West Grand Bahama ­ Weather is good. 240 persons in public shelters.

Freeport Grand Bahama - Winds are picking up, continues to rain. 700 persons
in public shelters.

Ragged Island ­ No reported damage to any critical infrastructure.

Bimini / Cat Cay - Winds 35-40 mph. Four shelters are operational. No
significant damage, some fallen tree limbs.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 11:25:46 pm
Otis-JMy name is Otis Johnson and I am relaying this information on behalf of my father, Randall Johnson. I spoke to him by phone at 11:31am, September 3rd, 2004.

Here it is:

- Trees are down and many of them are stripped of their leaves and branches.

- Debris is all over the island, consisting mainly of foliage, wood and roof materials.

- Electricity and cable is off and some of the power and cable lines are down (phones were working as of 11:31am).

- Major soil erosion at the beach. Some of the cabanas are still standing but the soil erosion is most noticeable.

-Hurricane Frances hit the island during low tide so the surge was not as bad, compared to other Hurricanes such as Andrew and Floyd.

- There are damages to the sea-wall on the harbour side.

-The government dock is in good condition mainly because of the low tide, which helped to keep the surge down.

-Boats that are on the land are still in tact.

- The full brunt of the storm hit in the early morning hours. Maximum wind gusts were reported at 5:30am to 6:30am. Wind gushes were between 110mph to 120mph.

- The eye came over the island at about 9:00am.

- Most importantly, everybody who is on the island is in good condition and there are no reports of fatalities and injuries.

Additionally, I did not receive any specific information about the condition of private docks, winter homes and government buildings.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 08:03:39 pm
Ben KHi all.

It seems that although the (landline) phones on Harbour Island are working (have dialtone), it doesn't seem to be possible to dial off the island.

Also incoming calls don't seem to be getting through either, with callers getting 'all circuits busy' messages, busy tones or various other signals.

At the moment (7pm) there are still lots of strong gusts and squalls of rain... much like its been all afternoon. The sea is still very rough (on the east side).

Regards,
Ben
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 06:12:03 pm
KimberlyHi, Diane -- We've tried to get through to Raymond Harrison several times on his satcom phone, but without success. Last I spoke with anyone in Bluff, the rain was beginning to fall. Am hoping to hear from Fine Threads or Greg Stuart sometime soon ...
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 06:10:21 pm
DianeHas anyone heard from the Bluffs community!
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 05:08:07 pm
chapelIt's official:
AT 5 PM EDT...2100Z...THE HURRICANE WARNING FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED.

We made it!!!!!!!
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 04:39:56 pm
Uncle Michael2PM-Jill Lorey reports eye passed 2-3 hours ago. They still have sustained winds around 100mph+. Cookie & Kathy Ross' roof was OK whne last checked. They are w/ Lorey's @ Fig Tree watching the yard disappear. Power out, but phones still OK. The worst is over.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 02:07:59 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAT 2 PM EDT...1800Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE FRANCES WAS LOCATED BY SURFACE OBSERVATIONS FROM THE BAHAMAS AND A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE
NEAR LATITUDE 25.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 77.2 WEST...VERY NEAR THE
SOUTHERN TIP OF GREAT ABACO IN THE BAHAMAS AND 200 MILES EAST- SOUTHEAST OF THE FLORIDA LOWER EAST COAST.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 11:47:42 am
Fig Tree News Team40 miles northwest of Eleuthera now:
AT 11 AM EDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE FRANCES WAS LOCATED BY SURFACE OBSERVATIONS FROM THE BAHAMAS AND A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE NEAR LATITUDE 25.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 76.7 WEST OR ABOUT 40 MILES...65 KM...NORTHWEST OF ELEUTHERA ISLAND AND 220 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE FLORIDA LOWER EAST COAST.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 11:38:11 am
Fig Tree News TeamAt about 11:30a EST, the backside of the storm winds started to kick in off Harbour Island, which means that local news may be somewhat minimal over the next several hours.

Thanks for your patience. As information becomes available, we'll be in touch.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 10:05:01 am
chapelBahama Sharon posts:
On NBC at 7:25 this AM, Friday, Michael Higgs gave a telephone interview and reported that at the moment the winds were 75 mph. Some roofs are gone and trees down but he was fine and so were his golf carts. The roof was off of the pre school. The backside of the storm was just approaching. He wished the people of Florida well as Hurricane Frances heads our way.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 09:50:55 am
GoombayboyEye of Frances over Harbour Island at 9:30am. Eye lasted 90 min in Governers Harbour. Governers reported worse winds after eye. Some roofs on Harbour are damaged, many trees down so far
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 09:50:46 am
chapelRobert Arthur notes "from the eye" at 9:30s EST:

Beach did "remarkably well" even the tiki huts at Coral Sands still up, and not too much erosion -- as far as they could tell from north of Pink Sands down to about Runaway Hill Club. Bayside, water up to top of the wall, and lapping over the street, but that's it now. Not over government dock.

In the village, vegetation damage is about the extent of it, for now. When the eye passes, westerly winds from the rest of this storm will complete the story. Phone and power lines still up, some sagging, but in good shape generally. Bracing now for the other half.....
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 09:37:13 am
KifJust spoke with Sheril Saunders. People are out walking around while the eye passes. Understand Cookie has sustained significant roof damage.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 07:44:02 am
Fig Tree News TeamSouth Bar reports that the Harbour Island has been continually pounded with wind and rain since last night at 9, and it looks as though the eye is going over Spanish Wells in a couple of hours.

There is no electricity but phones are presently working. The tide is going down so hopefully the surge will be less as the tide is down. The consensus to date is that Frances is not as bad a storm as Andrew but more in the line of Floyd.

**
James Cistern just reported a few minutes ago that they're right in the middle of the eye (7:50a) ... and Warren Miller of Hatchet Bay called in this morning just to commend the ZNS 1 coverage countrywide. He says that things got rough last night, but Hatchet Bay folks ** unlike Governor's Harbour or James Cistern [or Harbour Island, for that matter, where the Vic Hum was packed from 5:00p forward :-)!] ** were staying inside and pretty well packed down for the storm -- so far so good.

Stay tuned ...
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 07:32:29 am
Fig Tree News TeamNice lady from James Cistern called into ZNS this morning reporting that her part of Eleuthera is just getting the eye right now at 7:30a – everyone is inside, everyone is fine right now … preparing for the worst, but wanting everyone to know that everyone is fine and safe inside and waiting the storm out.

North Eleuthera/Harbour Island are reporting intense 120 mph winds -- South Eleuthera winds beginning to intensify as the eye passes north.

The eye is over Central Eleuthera at this moment ... the general sentiment of everyone calling in from the Out Islands this morning to discuss their various situation ** flooding and high winds in Long Island, houses damaged in San Salvador, electricity and Internet access and cable out in Abaco, high winds in Cat Island ** is that of relief that things aren't worse.
Posted by:Sep 3rd 2004, 02:17:12 am
Fig Tree News TeamStorm thankfully weakens to a Category 3 storm, with a more diffuse core, currently lingering about 40 miles south of Eleuthera:

AT 2 AM EDT...0600Z...THE EYE OF HURRICANE FRANCES WAS LOCATED BY RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT AND RADAR NEAR LATITUDE 24.7 NORTH... LONGITUDE 75.7 WEST OR NEAR THE NORTHERN END OF CAT ISLAND. THIS IS ALSO ABOUT 310 MILES...495 KM...EAST-SOUTHEAST OF THE FLORIDA LOWER EAST COAST.

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