Wednesday 12 August, 2020

Isaias now a tropical storm, Bahamians braced for more bad weather

The Bahamas Meteorology Department said Isaias has weakened from a hurricane to Tropical Storm. 

At 6 pm on Saturday, it was centred just northwest of Andros and it’s expected to produce tropical storm and hurricane conditions in the northwest of The Bahamas. 

Gusty winds and numerous showers are expected in other parts of the territory overnight and into Sunday. 

A hurricane warning remains in effect for Northwest Bahamas and boaters have been advised to remain in port. 

While Central Bahamas has been given the all-clear residents have been reminded that there is still a threat for severe thunderstorm activity and localised flooding.

Meanwhile, food stores across The Bahamas will be allowed to open for business on Sunday. 

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said supermarkets will be allowed to operate from 7 am to 5 pm. 

This applies to all islands, including Grand Bahama. 

Residents are being urged to adhere to all COVID-19 preventions guidelines. 

They’re expected to:

  • Wear a face mask when they leave home
  • Practice social distancing, staying at least six feet from each other when in public spaces 
  • Wash hands often with soap 
  • Cover their mouth and nose when they cough. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phones, remote controls, countertops, doorknobs and keyboards 

All islands were ordered locked down in response to a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases being recorded in the territory. 

Residents are asked to exercise extreme caution when they venture to supermarkets tomorrow, Sunday.

The Bahamas has recorded 574 cases of COVID-19 to date.

 

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