**7:00 a.m.** SKYGuard | Bahamas Meteorology Department Special Wx Bulletin on Category 3 Major Hurricane Ian

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A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR GREATER BAHAMA AND BIMINI ISLANDS.. RAIN BANDS FROM HURRICANE IAN WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THROUGH FRIDAY..

RESIDENTS OF GREATER BAHAMA AND BIMINIS SHOULD PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBLE OF SUSTAINED TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY. RESIDENTS IN THE REST OF THE NORTHWESTERN BAHAMAS, INCLUDING ABACO, BERRY ISLANDS, ANDROS, NEW PROVIDENCE AND ELEUTHERA, MAY EXPERIENCE GUSTY TO GALE FORCE WINDS DURING THIS PERIOD.

Ian has strengthened into an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph.

At 5 a.m., Ivan was located 75 miles west-southwest of Naples, Florida, or 225 miles west of Alice Town Bimini, or 310 miles southwest of Nicholl’s Town, Andros, or 270 miles southwest of West End, Grand Bahama, or 350 miles. WSW of New Providence. Ian trotted a bit to the left this morning, but the longer term motion remains north-northeast or 015 degrees at 9 kt. The hurricane is expected to continue moving north-northeast through Thursday between the western side of a subtropical ridge and a broad trough over the eastern United States. This motion is expected to bring Ian’s center ashore along Florida’s west coast later today, moving through central Florida tonight and Thursday before heading north along the northeastern coast. east of Florida and Georgia on Thursday and Friday.

FORECASTS FOR NW BAHAMAS FROM THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

Due to its large extent and the fact that the islands are located on the stronger side of the storm, the rain bands from Hurricane Ian will continue to bring heavy rain, severe thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, gusty winds and possible tornadic activity in the northwestern Bahamas in particular. the islands of Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Berry and Andros Islands.

For the extreme northwest of the Bahamas (Bimini, Grand Bahama, Berry and Abaco Islands, their surrounding waters and Cays), winds are expected to reach gale force (28 to 33 knots) with gusts to tropical storm force from Wednesday morning.

Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected with isolated amounts up to 8

thumbs up Friday. As a result, severe localized flooding is possible in low-lying, flood-prone areas. Minor coastal flooding along the east and south coasts is possible during the high tide cycle.

Residents are urged to exercise extreme caution when traveling

MARINE

Sailors and boaters in these areas should stay in port and bathers are advised to refrain from entering rough seas

SPECIAL NOTE

The public is reminded that storms DO NOT move in a straight line, they tend to wobble. Therefore, a state of preparedness should be maintained in case Ian heads further east. Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued as needed throughout the day through Friday.

Residents are advised to pay close attention to all warnings/statements issued by the Bahamas Meteorological Department.

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