Hurricane Irene First Major Bahamas / TCI Threat of the 2011 Season

By: BahaHurican , 4:24 PM GMT on August 23, 2011

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Category 2 Hurricane Irene as it approaches the Turks and Caicos Islands and Southeastern Bahamas. Notice an eye is becoming visible.

Irene, the ninth storm and first hurricane of the 2011 hurricane season, is poised to deliver a major blow to the island archipelago of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The NHC issued the following positon statement at 11 a.m. this morning:

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...20.5N 71.0W
ABOUT 70 MI...110 KM S OF GRAND TURK ISLAND
ABOUT 50 MI...85 KM NNW OF PUERTO PLATA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...100 MPH...160 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...980 MB...28.94 INCHES

Our Department of Meteorology is currently issuing Alert #17 based on the same information. A list of shelters in the warning area is also being issued.

At 10:30 a.m. the National Emergency Management Agency held a press conference, during which the Bahamian prime minister, Hubert Ingraham addressed the nation. He emphasised the size and serious nature of the storm, along with the potential for serious flooding, and encouraged residents to remain alert and vigilant.

The Southeastern Bahamas should begin to feel Irene's effects sometime later this afternoon, while the Central Bahamas can expect effects to begin for them on Wednesday.

According to the NEMA director, assessment teams will move through the islands after the storm to determine what level of assistance will be provided.

According to the latest advisory, Irene is expected to impact the entire Bahamas over the next three days and to become a major storm as it moves through the islands. The potential for category 4 impacts appears greatest on Thursday morning, based on NHC's Maximum Wind Probability chart.



Forecast Cone for Hurricane Irene.

Irene is expected to be rounding the western periphery of the mid-Atlantic high as it passes through the Bahamas, heading nortward into a weakness left behind by a trough currently moving through the northeastern United States. NHC confidence in the forecast track is high during the next 48 hours, but somewhat lower after that, since the forecast models differ on how much the trough will impact the high and how quickly Irene will respond to the resulting weakness.

On this track, the eyewall of Irene will pass sufficiently east of New Providence to keep the worst of the storm's effects from impacting the country's most heavily populated island. It also would lower the potential for storm surge impacts along the flood-prone southern coast. However, Category 2 impacts would still be likely.



SLOSH map showing surge potential in the Central Bahamas, where Irene is expected to have its greatest impact. Special thanks to Dr. Jeff Masters

According to the Weather Underground's storm surge maps, portions of islands in the Bahamas can expect flooding and storm surge on the order of 9-12 feet in a category storm. Bahamian residents who live in areas that are lowlying or prone to flooding were urged by NEMA officials to identify appropriate shelter and monitor news updates for evacuation orders.

As the storm progresses, I will be adding updates and whatever local reports I get in the comments section below. I will probably make a new blog entry on Thursday morning.

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104. LakeWorthFinn
5:12 AM GMT on December 23, 2011
Happy Holidays and a wonderful 2012 to you and your loved ones!

~~~~♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥~~~~


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103. seflagamma
1:12 AM GMT on December 23, 2011
Hello Baha,


From our Home to Yours
Merry Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year 2012!






"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons.
It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn%u2019t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn%u2019t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

- Dr. Seuss



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102. Patrap
8:04 PM GMT on December 22, 2011



Wishing you and Your's the Very Best this Christmas Season Baha.

Merry Christmas from Uptown NOLA


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100. CaicosRetiredSailor
6:06 PM GMT on September 02, 2011
I have phone and Internet at home now!!!!

Has anybody heard from Baha lately


http://www.aopa.org/aircraft/articles/2011/110831 bahamas-relief-flights.html?WT.mc_id=110902epilot& WT.mc_sect=tts


Looking out over the turquoise Caribbean Sea from Cat Island seems like paradise. But look left, right, or inland across the street and it looks as if something exploded. Trees are twisted and uprooted, asphalt washed off the street like tar paper, mattresses and furniture piled in heaps, sides of home collapsed or missing. Hurricane Irene pummeled parts of the Bahamas Islands, and general aviation pilots are working to provide food, water, and shelter to those in need.

Read "A Flight for Survival."
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99. CaicosRetiredSailor
8:18 PM GMT on August 31, 2011
Still no phone... I am at (s)Lime office and they now tell me the fault number given me last thur does not exist!!!!! I got a bit "forward" with them and left the cell number of one of my friends who is a manager at Lime, as my "contact number" for this fault!!! . they can't seem to be able to fix a land line unless you have a cellphone they can call to get directions to your house! AAAARrrrgh.
...Life in paradise.
I am happy to see Katia is forecast to keep north of us!
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98. CaicosRetiredSailor
9:14 PM GMT on August 28, 2011
just a brief note, still no phon/Internet, am at IGA... second trip out from home. all well, am working on roof, glad to see that shingle gone are original 18 yr old ones, not any I've replaced after other hurricanes. I'll post more when I get access at home.
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97. islandmanagers
11:44 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
My neighbor in Clarence Town was able to take her insulin to Gems of Paradise, who has a genset powered frig. Paul, of Portlight, organized a flight to take her a genset, but my pal who may have a loaner in Lauderdale is down island. Amazing - Paul was on the phone to me in minutes. Folks - hit the Paypal button at Portlight's site - they rock.

Heard from friends in the Central Exumas that Exuma Park HQ had roof damage, lost a dock, boats sank... (sigh) Again, grateful for no loss of life, but in this economy, the Bahamas did not need this blow.
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96. RobDaHood
12:17 AM GMT on August 27, 2011
Glad to read that you are safe. Thanks for the updates!
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95. BahaHurican
11:45 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Latest news updates from the North Long Island area suggest there was extensive flooding from storm surge and wind damage to roofs, especially on the hills there. However, no casualties have been reported. Several of the settlements are without potable water, and parts of the road are still underwater. The northern half of the island is still without electricity, making fuel hard to obtain in some areas. Parts of the settlement of Burnt Ground is still underwater.

The deputy prime minister is reputed to have flown to Mayaguana with the NEMA assessment team. The Prime Minister is due to address the nation via radio and television tonight.
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94. BahaHurican
7:20 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Has anybody else heard from Long Island, especially North End? So far there has been nothing on the radio.
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93. FtMyersgal
4:00 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Baha I'm glad to hear you made out Ok inspite of Irene. Prayers for all in the Bahamas and also in the path of Irene
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92. seflagamma
2:06 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
CRS, glad to see you are now able to get outside your house and are safe..
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91. islandmanagers
2:05 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Miraculously, my neighbor in Clarence Town, Long, has phone service (no power). She is in her late sixties and was alone - her first hurricane. She was pretty drained. a little PTSD. She says CT is bad, but is too tired to have gone to far from home as of yesterday afternoon. I can't believe her phone works. I had tried calling Batelco in Deadman's and couldn't get through. She says it looks a war zone there. Pretty much what any of us who have been through a cat3/4 would expect to see. Most docks gone,boats sunk, lots of roofs gone, many missing some or all shingles, some resulting in water damage to interiors. Trees down, no leaves left, BUT no deaths reported!!! Hopefully as she and my other neighbors get some rest and get out today, I'll get some more news. Today I'm going to work on getting a generator to her as they say no power for 10 days and she is an insulin dependent diabetic and she needs to keep it cool(didn't leave because she couldn't get her large dog out with her). The airports are supposed to open today, but we no longer have scheduled flights to Long Island Island from the US. If anyone knows of a charter going to Stella Maris or Deadmans Airport, I have a friend in Lauderdale who will lend me a genset for my neighbor. I just need to get it to her asap.
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90. seflagamma
2:03 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
I saw over on Dr Master's you have survived this storm.Glad you have your power and phone back..
rough storm huh?
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89. shoreacres
1:50 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Good to hear from all, and especially good to hear no reports of death/casualities. Hope all goes well today.
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88. BahaHurican
1:13 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
The Nassau International Airport is open for international flights. Jetblue and Bahamasair are operating so far.

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87. BahaHurican
1:12 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
Hmmm... looks like only Abaco and Grand Bahama still under hurricane warnings.

Apparently we didn't get as much rain as expected. Long Island and Eleuthera were badly hit by storm surge.

Major devastation to southeastern islands, major infrastructural damage in the central islands, and still awaiting word from Abaco.

So far there have been no reports of deaths or casualties.
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86. BahaHurican
12:54 PM GMT on August 26, 2011
After 36 hours without power and more than 24 without phone, I am back online. More about my experience in a while.
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85. RobDaHood
7:43 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Glad to hear from you CRS and others who have been able to check in!
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84. CaicosRetiredSailor
7:33 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
I am ok here on Provo, this is my first trip out from house, no power or phone at home.
Irene was the worst hurricane I've been through. Only damage at my house was loss of some shingles. I am at pharmacy using wifi, I fried the charging cube for this iPad, with surge from generator, so I will not post much.
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83. LakeWorthFinn
6:55 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Good to hear from all who are safe, waiting more good news from there!
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82. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
4:10 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
09L/MH/I/C3
RI FLAG (FLAG)
MARK
25.00n/78.00w forecast point
come about 5 degrees n by ne





ALWAYS FOLLOW NHC/TPC FORECASTS FOR ALL WARNINGS REGARDING THIS STORM
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81. NasBahMan
3:38 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Same in the eastern end of the island.
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80. Thrawst
2:14 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Trees down everywhere around my house.
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79. NasBahMan
11:31 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Power went out in the eastern part of Nassau at 2 am. Some very heavy bands coming through now.
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78. BahaHurican
3:14 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Additional damage report:

In Long Island one church roof 1/2 blown off; the radio tower mast of a local radio station blown off; roofs in North Long Island have been blown off.

The radio station manager, located in McKenzies, reported eye passage around 5 p.m. today.
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77. BahaHurican
2:54 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Update from NEMA

Damage assessment report:

Mayaguana
-- 40 homes damaged with level 2 damage [moderate]

Acklins
- 90% of Lovely Bay settlement has been destroyed, apparently by wind
- winds still gusting to 110

Crooked Island
- roof of Colonel Hill High plus St Johns church roof blown off; two classroom blocks destroyed
- winds still gusting to 120

Long Island
- flooding in Clarence Town
- winds sustained at 70

Conditions deteriorating in Exuma, South Eleuthera.
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76. geepy86
1:23 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Stay safe Baha.
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75. islandmanagers
1:23 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Thanks Baha. Got word from a neighbor at 3 PM that some houses had already lost all shingles and phones went down soon after. I hit a couple radio stations, but none were broadcasting storm news. I'll keep trying. You stay safe.
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74. BahaHurican
1:22 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Last reports I heard from Crooked Island had a roof off the high school and the Pilgrim Baptist Church. In Acklins the church they were using as shelter had to be evacuated because it also lost its roof. In Mayaguana they also had roof damage and some downed power lines. BEC has turned off power to these islands, I guess in an attempt to preserve the grid.

@ islandmanager, good luck with your surgery!
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73. BahaHurican
1:16 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Islandmanager, I have posted a few reports from the South east. Last report I heard from long island was that they were getting winds up to 115 in gusts. That was from Clarence Town around the time the eye was east of them.

One of the other stations, I think the sports one, is broadcasting along with 105 or 106 on the internet. They were carrying storm news.

If you can get to presslord, he has a list of links for Caribbean radio stations.
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72. BahaHurican
1:13 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
My power went out about 8:45, so I am posting this on battery backup. These are pictures I took earlier today at Saunders Beach on the north side of New Providence. The first picture was about 10 a.m. and the second about 6 p.m.




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71. islandmanagers
12:45 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Just wondering if anyone with a sat phone had reported in from LI or Crooked or any points South.... I tried to get a feed from ZNS (I'm stateside for surgery) but I can't get any news. Any other chat sites worth checking?
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70. RobDaHood
12:44 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Hey Baha,
Just stopping by to check up on you and read your reports.
Thoughts and prayers going your way.
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69. NasBahMan
12:07 AM GMT on August 25, 2011
Conditions in Long Island can't be good. They are in the outer eyewall and it looks like the entire island will get the outer eyewall.
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68. islandmanagers
11:58 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Any reports from Long Island? I've got friends hunkered down just up the hill from Clarence Town Hbr and a house there (I hope)......
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67. NasBahMan
11:32 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Just got an update from George Town Exuma, conditions are deteriorating rapidly. Winds already gusting over hurricane force, lots of trees already down with some roads blocked.
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66. trey33
11:27 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Thanks Baha. Stay safe, and enjoy the next few days with out those annoying cruise passengers! See you next weekend. Praying for very little damage!
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65. hyperanthony
11:24 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Hey Baha... see you a lot on Master's blog and I appreciate the work you do. Stay safe!
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64. stormwatcherCI
11:19 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Good afternoon Baha. Thoughts and prayers have been with you and the rest of the Bahamians today. Take care and stay safe.
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63. Cotillion
11:14 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Best of luck!

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62. BahaHurican
10:54 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Shortly after 5 p.m. this afternoon, the outer bands of Irene arrived at New Providence. We got this message from the sudden uptick in wind gusts and a brief deluge of tropical rain.

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61. BahaHurican
7:57 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation, which supplies power to most of the country, has operated a controlled shutdown of power in the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins and Crooked Island, and will do this in other islands as they find it necessary during the progress of the storm. In New Providence, BEC plans to leave the power on for as long as possible, though it will likely conduct controlled outages in areas of high risk [like the hilly San Souci area] and where trees are likely to fall across lines.

The Nassau Airport is closed, along with most of the airports throughout the central and northern parts of the country. The last flight, an international one, was scheduled to depart at 2:45 p.m. Flights will continue to depart Freeport until 10 p.m. tonight. Most domestic air travel has been halted for the duration of Irene's passage through the islands.

Conditions in southern Long Island are beginning to deteriorate, and the Long Island administrator reported winds gusting to hurricane force shortly before 3 p.m.

In Nassau, winds are beginning to gust to near tropical storm force.
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60. BahaHurican
7:44 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Good afternoon all. Sorry to take so long with the next round updates, but I was doing some computer-related tasks to ensure I wil be able to remain online for as long as possible.

This afternoon we are starting to receive some limited information about impacts in Acklins. According to reports, the roof of one of the designated shelters there, the Zion Baptist Church in Salina Point [at the southern end of the island] lost it's roof at about 10:45 this morning. The 36 men, women and children there had to be evacuated by forming a human chain from the building to the vehicles used, then moved to the Good Samaritan Kingdom Centre. No one was injured.

Currently on the island water and power are off, and there is only a single satellite phone operational on the island. Damage in Salina Point so far seems to be limited to roof and tree damage, along with the destruction of four houses that had been under construction. The adminstrator stated that he would be moving to the central and northern parts of the island as soon as weather permitted in order to assess the situation there. Keep in mind that the eye passed through the central part of this island, and the northern section, parts of which are lowlying and prone to flooding, was in the northern eywall.
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59. LakeWorthFinn
5:39 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Good to hear from you :)
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58. seflagamma
3:02 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Hello Baha,

Glad you have your blog up and running.

I will be checking in here from time to time to see how you are doing.

Dr Master's blog is just running so fast hard to keep up.

You know what to do but I still have to say it..
Stay Safe!!!

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57. Thrawst
2:44 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Quoting BahaHurican:
It really wasn't a hard rain, just a "band" of pre-storm moisture. It looks like the leading edge that CRS was talking about yesterday is approaching Cat Island and the Exuma Keys now. I'd estimate about 2 p.m. for it to get to us.

Seems the SW side of the storm isn't as "soft" as I was hoping. Sure hope we don't see too much expansion in the radius of hurricane winds over the next 12 hours.


Well here comes our first real rainband then :P gonna get interesting next 24-36 hours.

And yes, the southwest side of the storm is pretty intense... hopefully not TOO intense.
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56. BahaHurican
1:56 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Quoting Thrawst:


too bad I was sleeping during that rain storm.. will be staying up tonight though :P
It really wasn't a hard rain, just a "band" of pre-storm moisture. It looks like the leading edge that CRS was talking about yesterday is approaching Cat Island and the Exuma Keys now. I'd estimate about 2 p.m. for it to get to us.

Seems the SW side of the storm isn't as "soft" as I was hoping. Sure hope we don't see too much expansion in the radius of hurricane winds over the next 12 hours.
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55. BahaHurican
1:53 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Current location of the eye is about 32 miles southeast of Acklins. Storm is still headed for Spring Point and Delectable Bay. I hope I can hear some reports from there soon.

From Inagua, apparently they've been getting a new round of higher gusts, over 65 kts, this last 1/2 hour.
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54. Thrawst
1:20 PM GMT on August 24, 2011
Quoting BahaHurican:
Morning all.

The first band of rain from Irene is here. I hope it doesn't last too long, as many Nassuvians still have lots of preparations to make.


too bad I was sleeping during that rain storm.. will be staying up tonight though :P
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