Flooding expected as Isaias continues its assault on The Bahamas
Bahamians are being urged to remain indoors as Hurricane Isaias continues its assault on the territory.
According to an advisory issued by the Bahamas Meteorology Department just after 3 am on Saturday, the Isaias seems to have strengthened overnight.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Northwest and Central Bahamas.
The Islands of Andros
The Berry Islands
The MET office advises that a hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are being experienced or could be experienced somewhere in the warning area within 36 hours.
At 2 am on Saturday, the eye of the storm was located near latitude 23.5 degrees north and longitude 76.7 degrees west or just about 85 miles west-northwest of Clarence Town, Long Island.
Hurricane Isaias continues to move Northwest at approximately 14 mph.
A decrease in speed is expected in 24 hours or so at which time Isaias is expected to shift a bit, and head north-northwest on Sunday.
The MET office said a decrease in speed is expected within the next 24-hours.
The centre of Isaias will continue to move into the central Bahamas this morning and move over the northwest Bahamas later today.
It is expected the east coast of Florida's Peninsula this afternoon through Sunday.
The Bahamas meteorological department said the centre of the hurricane will move over North Andros during the late morning period today (Saturday).
Because of this, New Providence will experience strong tropical-storm-force winds and severe thunderstorms.
Citizens have therefore been advised to expect heavy flooding and take steps to mitigate damage to themselves and their property.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85mph with higher gusts being felt intermittently.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from the centre.
The MET office said a storm surge of three to five feet above normal can be expected along with coastal areas throughout The Bahamas.
Flooding is expected in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands as Isais is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain.
Residents have been told to stay indoors while experiencing hurricane and tropical storm-force winds.
Tornadic activities are possible in severe thunderstorms.
The MET office further advised small craft operators in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands to seek shelter and remain in port as dangerous swells are common during these conditions.