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09 Nov 2020 | 03:43 AM UTC

Bahamas: Tropical Storm Warning in effect for northwestern Bahamas on November 9 due to approach of Tropical Storm Eta

Tropical Storm Warning in effect for northwestern Bahamas, including Grand Bahama Island, on November 9 due to approach of Tropical Storm Eta; monitor for developments

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Event

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory as of 04:00 (local time) on Monday, November 9, a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas, including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island, and New Providence, due to the passaging of Tropical Storm Eta. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, generally within 36 hours. An additional 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) of rain is forecast in The Bahamas, with isolated maximum storm totals reaching 380 mm (15 inches). Significant flash and urban flooding will also be possible.

Flooding, landslides, and disruptions to businesses, utilities, and transport are possible in affected areas during the passing of the storm.

Context

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from late May through to the end of November, with activity typically peaking in late August and early September. Numerous tropical storms form in the Atlantic Ocean during this period, with most affecting the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the east coast of the United States. Although communities in the region are generally well prepared for adverse weather conditions during the hurricane season, severe storms bring a significant risk of flooding and infrastructural damage.

Organized tropical activity tends to peak in August and September. Storms tend to flood sections of highways and cause dirt-based roads to become temporarily impassable. More organized systems, depending on intensity, can prove catastrophic in terms of tidal surge, wind damage, flooding, and mudslides.

Advice

Those in The Bahamas are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.

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