Friday, September 30, 2016

WATCH OUT: Matthew becomes strongest storm churning in Atlantic since 07

  • MATTHEW BECOMES A CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE

  • THE STRONGEST HURRICANE IN THE ATLANTIC SINCE FELIX IN 2007

FIVE DAY FORECAST. - WeatherUnderground
At 1100 PM EDT, the eye of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 13.3 North, longitude 72.3 West. 

Matthew is moving just south of due west near 7 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Saturday, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Sunday

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will move north of the Guajira Peninsula tonight, move across the central Caribbean Sea on Saturday, and be approaching Jamaica late Sunday. 

Data from an Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 160 mph with higher gusts. 

Matthew is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible this weekend, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through Sunday. 

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). The minimum central pressure estimated by a reconnaissance aircraft was 941 mb (27.79 inches). 

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND 
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WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue in portions of the warning area in Colombia overnight. Hurricane conditions are possible on Jamaica on Monday, with tropical storm conditions possible by late Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area in Haiti by late Sunday. 

RAINFALL: Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao through Saturday. Rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected along the coast of Colombia from the Venezuelan border to Riohacha. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected along the coast of Venezuela from Coro to the Colombian border. Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches are expected across Jamaica and southern and southwestern Haiti. These rains may produce life-threatening flash flooding and mud slides. 

SURF: Swells generated by Matthew are expected to affect portions of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Venezuela, and Colombia during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.



SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT: 

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for... 
* Jamaica 

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for... 
* Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha 

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... 
* Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to Port-Au-Prince 

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous. 

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case in the next 12 hours. 

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

MATTHEW BUMPED UP TO A CAT 4 HURRICANE

  • MATTHEW RAPIDLY STRENGTHENS TO A POWERFUL CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE
  • HURRICANE WATCH ISSUED FOR JAMAICA

Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum
sustained winds have increased to near 140 mph (220 km/h) with
higher gusts.  Matthew is a CATEGORY FOUR 4  hurricane on the Saffir-
Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some additional strengthening is
possible tonight, and some fluctuations in intensity are possible
Saturday and Sunday.  Matthew is expected to remain a powerful
hurricane through Sunday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles.

The latest minimum central pressure based on data from the NOAA
aircraft is 949 mb (28.03 inches).
The government of Jamaica has issued a Hurricane Watch for Jamaica.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the southwestern coast
of Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to
Port-Au-Prince.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Jamaica

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Haiti from the southern border with the Dominican Republic to
Port-Au-Prince

A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area.  A watch is typically issued 48 hours before
the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds,
conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case in the
next 12 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests elsewhere along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia and elsewhere in Hispaniola should monitor the progress of Matthew. Interests in eastern Cuba should also monitor the progress of Matthew.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8AM UPDATE: System could become depression soon, heavy rains still expected in southern Bahamas



  • Cone of possibilities at 8am. (NOAA)

     Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...60 percent

  •  Formation chance through 5 days...high...80 percent



Satellite images, surface observations, and radar data indicate that a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave is located over the northern Leeward Islands. 

Showers and thunderstorms have become more concentrated overnight and are showing signs of organization, but the system still appears to lack a well-defined circulation. 

Although environmental conditions are currently only marginally conducive for additional development, this system could become a tropical depression at any time during the next few days while it moves west-northwestward at about 15 mph across the northern Leeward Islands, near or over Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the Bahamas. 

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance late this morning. 

Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mudslides are expected to occur over portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and the southeastern and central Bahamas. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

System could soon become tropical depression, threaten Bahamas

TRACK: Five day track for system near Lesser Antilles. (NOAA)

* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent

* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent


Satellite images, surface observations, and radar from the Lesser Antilles indicate that a broad area of low pressure associated with a tropical wave a couple of hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles has become a little better defined.

Although environmental conditions are only marginally conducive for development, this system could become a tropical depression during the next day or two while it moves west-northwest at 15 to 20 mph near the Leeward Islands and the Greater Antilles.

Conditions could become more conducive later this week while the system moves near the southeastern and central Bahamas.

Another Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this disturbance tomorrow, if necessary.

Interests from the islands of the northeastern Caribbean Sea to the Bahamas should continue to monitor the progress of this system.

Gusty winds, heavy rains, and possible flash floods and mud slides could occur over portions of these areas regardless of tropical cyclone formation.

 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sleepout for the Homeless 2015

The Beta Beta Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Sigma at The College of The Bahamas hosted a Sleepout For The Homeless to bring awareness of those living in poverty in The Bahamas. 

The graduate chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma and The Rho Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta supported the venture  that was co-sponsored by the Nassau Development Partnership. 

 

























Wednesday, November 18, 2015

COB Sigmas promote entrepreneurship

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COB Sigmas promote entrepreneurship   

NASSAU, Bahamas – The College of the Bahamas chapter of Phi Beta Sigma promoted entrepreneurship as a career path for students on the campus of the largest tertiary institution on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at the Harry C. Moore Library’s auditorium.

The Beta Beta Lamba Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma organized and hosted the event as a part of Sigma Week on campus.

“The students got a wide range of perspectives on the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship at this year’s seminar,” Beta Beta Lambda chapter president Javon Rolle said. “Everyone who attended got real insight into not only running a business, but also setting up a business.”

Three entrepreneurs—including an accountant firms owner from Alabama—interacted with the students on the reality of small business ownership.

“The students said they really got a full appreciation on what it takes to run a business here in The Bahamas and even The United States.

Participants included: Reggious Bell, partner in the accounting/consultancy firm Bell-Pete & Associates in Huntsville, Alabama; Yohancy Kemp, a business consultant; and Olympic medalist Andretti Bain, nutrition store owner and fitness consultant.

The seminar was made possible through a Public Affairs Section (PAS) grant from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau and The British Colonial Hilton Hotel in Nassau.

Graduate advisor for the collegiate chapter Christopher Saunders commented on the brothers’ ability to not only mobilize the college community but to also make an impact on student’s lives. 

“The promotion of entrepreneurship is a part of the international fraternity’s global initiative of Bigger Better Business and seeks to transform our communities through promoting and supporting small business,” Saunders said. “The fact that Beta Beta Lambda has decided to embrace this aspect speaks volumes for the long-term vision the chapter has not only for the chapter but also the college community and the community at large. They are truly embracing the fraternity’s motto of ‘Culture for Service and Service to Humanity.’”

The Beta Beta Lambda chapter was the first Black Greek Lettered Organization chartered on the campus and is celebrating 10 years of existence this month.  The chapter was chartered November 5, 2004.







Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALERT #7 on Tropical Storm Erika


TS Erika remains unorganized but tropical storm watches and alerts are still in place. 

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF:
  • INAGUA
  • MAYAGUANA
  • ACKLINS
  • CROOKED ISLAND
  • RAGGED ISLAND.


A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS CAN POSSIBLY BE EXPERIENCED IN THOSE ISLANDS WITHIN THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

A TROPICAL STORM ALERT ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES THE ISLANDS OF:
  • LONG ISLAND
  • CAT ISLAND
  • THE EXUMAS
  • SAN SALVADOR
  • RUM CAY.


A TROPICAL STORM ALERT MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS CAN POSSIBLY BE EXPERIENCED IN THOSE ISLANDS WITHIN THE NEXT 60 HOURS.

AT 2:00 PM EDT, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ERIKA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.5 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 63.8 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 644 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF GRAND TURK, 724 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST OF INAGUA AND 1074 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NEW PROVIDENCE. 

ERIKA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 16 MILES PER HOUR. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST IS FORECAST LATER TODAY AND THIS GENERAL MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  ON THIS TRACK, THE CENTER OF ERIKA WILL MOVE NEAR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140 MILES OF THE CENTER MAINLY TO EAST OF THE CENTER.

RAINFALL: ERIKA IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES WITH MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 12 INCHES ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS THROUGH SATURDAY.


RESIDENTS IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ISLANDS SHOULD BEGIN TO SECURE 
THEIR PROPERTIES. SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS IN THE WATCH AREA SHOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF ERIKA.