September 2, 2008

Bahamas Prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna

Text of report by Caribbean Media Corporation news agency website

BAHAMAS-WEATHER-Bahamas brace for Tropical Storm Hanna NASSAU, Bahamas, CMC - Bahamians were bracing for the passage of Tropical Storm Hanna that local meteorologists warn could become a hurricane by the time it reaches the chain of islands. It will certainly gain strength. It advanced in terms of an intensity in a very short time from a depression to a tropical storm. So, the likelihood of it becoming a hurricane is very great," said local Met Officer Michael Stubbs. He said the storm would affect the islands of Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Abaco, Andros and New Providence. "So we are really concerned about it. But of course we will continue to monitor the system to see exactly what is going to happen, and to see if there is going to be any change," Stubbs said, adding that heavy rain and thunderstorms should be expected in the coming days for those islands. The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the central and southern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands as Hanna, the ninth storm of the 2008 hurricane season moves into the area. It said that the centre of the storm was located near latitude 23.6 north, longitude 72.4 west or about 90 miles north-northeast of the south eastern Bahamas. "Hanna has been drifting slowly westward near two miles per hour and a continued slow forward motion between west and west-southwest is expected during the next day or so. Although Hanna could become stationary at times, on the forecast track, the centre of Hanna will move near or over the southeastern Bahamas during the next day or two," the NHC said. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and some strengthening is expected over the next 24 hours. NHC warned of rainfall amounts of up to eight inches with maximum amounts totalling 12 inches through Thursday increasing the risk of dangerous rip currents over the next two days.

Originally published by Caribbean Media Corporation news agency website, Bridgetown, in English 1440 1 Sep 08.

(c) 2008 BBC Monitoring Americas. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.