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Posted by:Sep 17th 2004, 06:52:22 pm
Fig Tree News TeamNWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
5 PM AST FRI SEP 17 2004

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC AND HAITI IS DISCONTINUED.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE HURRICANE WARNING IS CHANGED TO A TROPICAL
STORM WARNING FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS
...CROOKED ISLAND...THE INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED
ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE HURRICANE WATCH IS CHANGED TO A TROPICAL
STORM WATCH FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE
EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN SALVADOR.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
JEANNE.

AT 5 PM AST...2100Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION JEANNE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 71.8 WEST. THIS
POSITION IS JUST NORTH OF HISPANIOLA AND ABOUT 100 MILES... 160
KM...SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF GRAND TURK ISLAND.
Posted by:Sep 17th 2004, 03:43:21 pm
Fig Tree News TeamFriday, September 17, 2004

Hurricane Jeanne
Southeast Islands prepare

By TAMARA McKENZIE, Guardian Staff Reporter

Given only two weeks to revive from the blow dealt by Hurricane Frances, residents in the South-East Bahamas are somewhat baffled that a third hurricane is on the verge of hitting The Bahamas, They, however, are taking the necessary precautions to ensure safety of life and property.

A hurricane warning remained in effect on Thursday for the Turks and Caicos Islands and islands in the South-East Bahamas. These islands include: Great Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island and the Semana Cays. A hurricane watch was issued for the Central Bahamas, which includes Long Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Exuma, the Exuma Cays, Cat Island, South Eleuthera and South Andros, while a hurricane alert was issued for the remaining islands in the North West Bahamas. These include: New Providence, North Eleuthera, North Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Hurricane alerts are issued in stages of: Alert, Watch, and Warning. An Alert lets residents know that storm conditions could be affecting parts of The Bahamas within 60 hours. A Watch is carried out when a storm is less than 36 hours away and a Warning is when a storm is less than 24 hours away.

As of 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Jeanne, the tenth named storm for the 2004 Hurricane season, was downgraded to a tropical storm with highest winds near 70 miles per hour with gusts that could increase to hurricane force. Director of Meteorology, Arthur Rolle, said Jeanne had the potential to intensify once it moved over waters into the South-East Bahamas. Like Frances, forecasters are predicting that Jeanne would follow the same path as Hurricane Frances, which touched every island in The Bahamas.


The coordinates as of 5:00 p.m. placed Jeanne near Latitude 19.9 degrees north and Longitude 69.3 degrees west or 200 miles south east of the Turks and Caicos Islands, 290 miles, east south east of Inagua and 670 miles south east of New Providence. Jeanne was moving toward the west, near eight miles per hour and a turn to the northwest was expected overnight.


Mr Rolle mentioned that Jeanne, a category one hurricane on Wednesday, moved over mountains of Hispaniola and lost its strength. He added, however, that the system is back over water and may have regained its strength last night. Mr Rolle said residents in the South-East Bahamas should try and minimise whatever losses they can, having recently experienced the effects of Hurricane Frances. "We do not feel that they have overcome their ordeal, but we are hoping that they can do whatever they can to save whatever they can from potential flooding," he said, adding that Jeanne will bring more rain showers than Frances, therefore "considerable flooding" is expected in the southeastern islands.


According to the met director, September is the peak month for hurricanes, and to have several storms repeatedly formed within weeks, is not unnatural. He informed that as of today, another tropical depression may have formed, and another unnamed system is moving off the coast of Africa.


Turks and Caicos

On Thursday evening, residents in the Turks and Caicos had already battened down their homes and were stocking up on bottled water and other shelf items. According to the Met Office, the island should have experienced some hurricane force winds last night and early this morning. The Minister responsible for the Department of Disaster Management, Karen Delancy, said Hurricane Frances give Turks Islanders a good "exercise call" in terms of preparation, although the island was not directly hit.


"What we got was some wind and rain, but with Hurricane Jeanne, we are anticipating rain and lots of water, especially in our low lying areas and we may see some flooding," she said


Mayaguana

Mayaguana Administrator, Samuel Miller said as of Thursday, preparations were already in place on the island in anticipation of Jeanne. He said many of the residents did not remove their hurricane shutters since Hurricane Frances, therefore there was not much work to do in terms of securing houses.

"We have just completed a tour of the entire island along with NEMA local representative and the chief councilor to ensure there is full compliance," he said, adding that residents are concerned about having to brace themselves for another hurricane in such a short period of time. He said residents are waiting for supplies to carry out cosmetic work as a result of Hurricane Frances, and another hurricane may result in further damage to some certain structures.


Long Island

Long Island Administrator, Preston Cunningham, also mentioned that residents had "little to do" in terms of preparation for Hurricane Jeanne, as shutters remained battened to windows since Hurricane Frances. He also mentioned that two mailboats arrived at the island on Wednesday, therefore residents were able to secure basic items to prepare for the storm.


Mr Cunningham said since the passing of Hurricane Frances, Long Islanders seem to be more alert and are not taking any chances. He said they now realise that these storms can be "tricky" and can develop strength as they move. He added, however, that he had already touched base with shelter managers on the island and they were making sure that all shelters were ready and available.


Ragged Island

Ragged Island Administrator, Granville Hepburn was attending a meeting to discuss Hurricane Jeanne at the time he was contacted by The Guardian. He mentioned that everyone on the island had already battened up and all shelters were ready to be occupied. "We are just going through the motions here now and bringing the people together once again to let them know the seriousness of this situation," he said.

Meanwhile, The Bahamas Government is trying to come to grips with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Frances, especially on the island of Grand Bahama where hundreds were left homeless. Parts of the island still remain without electricity and telephone services, however, the government, The Bahamas Red Cross and other organisations and businesses have shipped food items and water to the island.

The government also reactivated the Disaster Relief Fund, which was initially established in 1992 as a result of the Hurricane Andrew's devastation. The fund gives immediate relief to those requiring the most assistance after a hurricane. It has been recently reactivated on several other occasions for national disasters - Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and Michelle in 2001. The fund is chaired by the Minister of State for Finance James Smith and the Regional Director of the Royal Bank of Canada Ross McDonald.
Posted by:Sep 17th 2004, 03:30:30 pm
Fig Tree News TeamTROPICAL STORM JEANNE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 16A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
2 PM AST FRI SEP 17 2004

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLAND OF
HISPANIOLA FROM LE MOLE ST NICHOLAS HAITI EASTWARD TO SANTO
DOMINGO.

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN
BAHAMAS...INCLUDING THE ACKLINS...CROOKED ISLAND...THE
INAGUAS...MAYAGUANA...AND THE RAGGED ISLANDS...AS WELL AS FOR THE
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.

A HURRICANE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS...
INCLUDING CAT ISLAND...THE EXUMAS...LONG ISLAND...RUM CAY...AND SAN
SALVADOR.

INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF
JEANNE.

AT 2 PM AST...1800Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM JEANNE WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 20.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 71.6 WEST. THIS
POSITION IS JUST NORTH OF THE COAST OF HISPANIOLA NEAR THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC/HAITI BORDER AND ABOUT IS ABOUT 95 MILES... 150 KM...
SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF GRAND TURK ISLAND.

JEANNE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/HR...
AND A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHWEST IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE ESTIMATED NEAR 50 MPH...80 KM/HR...WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. JEANNE HAS WEAKENED WHILE OVER HISPANIOLA...BUT
COULD STRENGTHEN AGAIN OVER WATER DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO.

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

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1002 MB...29.59 INCHES.

STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...
SHOULD BE GRADUALLY SUBSIDING ALONG PORTIONS OF THE COAST OF
HISPANIOLA IN THE WARNED AREA.

RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 9 TO 13 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED HIGHER
AMOUNTS...CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE PORTIONS OF HISPANIOLA. THESE
RAINS COULD CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS ARE ALSO LIKELY OVER PORTIONS OF
PUERTO RICE.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC.
Posted by:Sep 17th 2004, 02:40:09 pm
chapelNassau Tribune September 16, 2004 The Islands Of The Bahamas On Hurricane Watch Again Like its predecessor Hurricane Frances, forecasters expect Jeanne to affect the entire chain of islands in the Bahamas. A hurricane watch was yesterday put in effect for the souteast Bahamas as Jeanne bore down on the country. A hurricane warning has also been placed on the central Bahamas. Like its predecessor Hurricane Frances, forecasters expect Jeanne to affect the entire chain of islands in the Bahamas. The country is still reeling from the devastation caused by Hurricane Frances and another hurricane passing through the country could cause untold chaos. As of 5pm yesterday, Jeanne was 395 miles south east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and 840 miles south east of Nassau. Within the next 72 hours Jeanne may affect Long Island, Exuma, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Ragged Island, Cat Island, Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins and Crooked Island, the Bahamas Metereological Department said. Source: Rupert Missick, The Tribune

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