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Hurricane Frances - 6 September 2004
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Posted by:Oct 24th 2007, 09:13:02 am
Lady67Does anybody know anything about the vikingships that sunk in the hurricane Frances ??
Posted by:Sep 6th 2004, 07:57:38 pm
chapelBahamas Wary Of Ivan In The Wake Of Frances [Nassau Tribune]

Stunned Bahamians just getting over the shock of Hurricane Frances are being urged to keep a close eye on Hurricane Ivan.

With floods still preventing planes from landing in Freeport, a view from the air was the closest that could be managed yesterday.

Nassau got off lightly in Hurricane Frances compared with the nation's second city, Freeport, which has been one of the worst hit areas, suffering severe devastation. The Tribune flew over Grand Bahama and Abaco yesterday to survey the damage.

With airports closed, harbours damaged, roads flooded, power lines down and telephones cut off, many settlements in both Grand Bahama and Abaco have been isolated from each other, and the islands are cut off from the outside world.

Stunned Bahamians just getting over the shock of Hurricane Frances are being urged to keep a close eye on Hurricane Ivan, a category four storm that could make its presence felt in the Bahamas as early as Friday morning, the Met Office reported yesterday.

Source: The Tribune
Posted by:Sep 6th 2004, 07:57:34 pm
chapelCaptain Mark writes:

Hurricane Frances' projected track through the Bahamas was remarkably accurate considering that in the end it ripped through the archipelago within about 20 miles of this, and mostly to the south. Nassau suffered the S semi circle and the strongest winds appear to have been recorded during the passage of the slow moving SE quadrant. The hurricane force winds backed from the NNE to SSW and settled to tropical storm force and continued to back to the SSE.

With Floyd and Michelle fresh on everyone's mind, Nassuvians took exceptional steps to protect property well in advance, and at least 60% of boat owners either hauled there craft or moored them in safe havens.

The eye's closest point of approach was 50 nautical miles and this occured as it traversed the Northeast Providence Channel locally referred to as the "hole in the wall" (to the Atlantic Ocean). This allowed for a considerable amount of fetch and within a couple hours of this, the NW coast of New Providence was being pounded by 16-20 foot NE'ly swells, and these where for the most part responsible for the bulk of the damage to roads, seawalls, ocean-front structures and shipping withing Nassau harbour. At this time the winds had backed to the W and the combination of swells entering the harbor and 5-6 foot wind driven waves caused at least 50 various craft, to break moorings and ground or swamp at their moorings. These craft where invariably poorly prepared for the onslaught.

The Haitian "merchant navy", wooden sloops reminiscent of barcollas of the spanish main, as well as a 2 large wooden motor vessels, anchored in the harbor, suffered catastrophic casualties. Of the 18 or so vessels moored there, only 5 remain afloat. At the height of the storm someone related to me seeing 6 being driven out the eastern roads, and although one is seen grounded on nearby Athol island and one sunk near the Nassau Yacht Club, the fate of the other 2 (and crew?) is unknown, - nor sought.

At the same time as havoc was being wrecked on the Haitians, 2 steel 125 foot mailboats broke their mooringas at Potter Cay and also grounded on athol island. Two large viking ship replicas, sank under Paradise Island Bridge. A large steel landing craft and 2 fishing craft broke adrift and bashed other boats. No damage to wooden marina docks is noted except for East Bay Marina that was pratically destroyed by 2 steel fishing boats knocking about. There and elsewhere, about 8 sailboats where affected, 1 grounded, 1 sank, 2 broke masts, 3 with sails slipping tearing from their gaskets.

Our commercial ship recorded top gusts of 106 mph on a Davis instrument while my sailboat anenometer recorded 61 knots close inshore. Storm surge was estimated to be on avaverage 1-3 feet.

Damage to structures is mostly limited to roof shingles, tin roofs, however the British Colonial Hilton suffered significant roof structure damage on one wing. The NW coastal road near Caves was damaged, otherwise a significant amount of sand was washed inland and over roads. Preliminary reports place damage to Nassau at half of that caused by Michelle. Power and communications are mostly restored.

We have very little information from the family islands, other than in monetary terms this could reach catastrophic proportions, where today's papers estimate property damage and loss of tourism revenue to the entire Bahamas could amount to $1 billion, which seems a little over the top, considering it is equal to one year GDP for the country at about 4 times that of Floyd.

It is reported that one death occurred in Nassau due to electrocution and one drowning in Freeport. Several persons are said to be unaccounted for.

Finally, clean-up in Nassau is moving at a rapid pace, however most are leaving shutters for fear of Ivan dealing another blow.

Best Regards
Captain Mark Pertuiset
Posted by:Sep 6th 2004, 06:46:22 pm
Fig Tree News TeamConch Sally Reports On The Glass Window Bridge and North Eleuthera
Sep 6, 04 - 3:24 PM

I was up that way yesterday afternoon, and it was still there, (for now), looks like it moved about 3 feet towards the Caribbean side. a fullsize pick up can still pass by. (barely). Power lines and poles down everywhere and many rocks in the road.

In Gregory Town there was a lot of seaweed in the harbour, the dock, the road.... looked like a soccer field. James Cistern also had seaweed wash up all the way up to the garage at Lee's cafe, and the new dock is missing all of the new boards... Queens highway south of JC has much erosion, just a single lane now.

Many food stores were open, but grocery supplies are beginning to dwindle, especially meat & water, (no bread), and a few gas stations (all running on generators), almost all the bars were open!

Tarpum Bay began to get their power back yesterday, as well as some parts of Governors Harbour and Hatchet Bay. Phone service is still out for most, as well as cell service.

The sounds of hammering are heard all over, as many people are scrambling to repair damaged roofs. It appears most people are leaving their shutters up as the threat of Ivan is approaching. It's like being in a cave with the heater on! (Pray... Ivan go away!)

We could use a boatload of roofing material for sure!
Posted by:Sep 6th 2004, 12:54:52 pm
Fig Tree News TeamAnother homeowner chimes in:

For those of you at the scene or going over to help in the cleanup, our contractor told us (after Floyd) that many downed palms, particularly thatch palm, can be saved by standing them back up and giving them some support until they have the time to re-establish themselves. I'm not sure how many other tropical trees can be saved this way. You might want to check with knowledgeable local residents.

Also you might take this opportunity to remove any of those non-native invasive species such as Casuarina pines (Australian pine).
Posted by:Sep 6th 2004, 11:51:33 am
Fig Tree News TeamHurricane Frances summary:
Worst hit by storm was Grand Bahama and then Abacos.

Power report:
Eleuthera 80% back on;
Harbour Island 80%;
Nassau 85%;
Marsh Harbour 50%; and
Grand Bahama, North Abaco and Abaco cays -- still trying to assess, as these were last areas hit by Frances.

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