Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Statement by Minister of Health Perry Gomez in the House of Assembly @9:20pm, September 17, 2014



 Statement by Minister of Health Perry Gomez in the House of Assembly @9:20pm, September 17, 2014


Early today it was brought to the attention of senior officials of the Ministry of Health that a bogus claim was posted on the Internet indicating that a confirmed case of Ebola was reported in the Bahamas. 

I would like to make it completely clear that this posting is completely untrue. However, hospital Officials did indicate that late Sunday night, the US Embassy in the Bahamas responded to a call to rescue a very Ill person on a freighter passing through Bahamian waters. 

The patient was a 34 year old white male from the Ukraine working on the freighter which was en route to New Orleans from the Congo, West Africa. 

The patient was later transported to Nassau and taken to Doctors Hospital emergency room. He was placed in a single room in isolation. 

All the necessary precautions were taken by all staff that attended the patient. 

Full infection control precautions were put in place and followed by all who attended the patient. 

A diagnosis of septic shock was made. Treatment included intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pressor agents, used to raise blood pressure. 

Further, blood studies done at doctors hospital confirm a diagnosis of malaria. Despite best efforts by our team, the patient died on September 16th, 2014 at 7:56pm. 

Blood has also been sent to the CDC for further analysis.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

9AM UPDATE ON TS CRISTOBAL


ALERT #6 ON TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST 2014 AT 9AM EDT.

….. CRISTOBAL RE-FORMS A LITTLE TO THE NORTHEAST AND IS STILL MOVING NORTHWESTWARD NEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE ISLANDS OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, LONG ISLAND, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS, ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, LONG CAY, RAGGED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA AND INAGUA.

COURTESY: WeatherUnderground.com
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALSO REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…..IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS.

AT 8AM EDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGTITUDE 73.0 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT   40 MILES NORTH OF MAYAGUANA, 130 MILES EAST OF LONG ISLAND AND 310 MILES SOUTHEAST OF NASSAU.

TROPICAL STORM CRISTOBAL IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 9 MILES PER HOUR.  A NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS MORNING …FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED LATER TODAY AND MONDAY.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OFCRISTOBAL WILL MOVE NEAR OR OVER PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS THROUGH MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS THROUGH TUESDAY WITH ISOLATED AMOUNTS AROUND 12 INCHES POSSIBLE.

RESIDENTS IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE NECESSARY PREPERATION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY PRIMARILY FROM FLOODING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS AND WINDS OF UP TO TROPICAL STORM FORCE.  SMALL BOATERS IN THE WARNING AREAS SHOULD REMAIN IN PORT.

THE NEXT ALERT ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 WILL BE ISSUED AT 11AM EDT.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

ALERT #2 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4


ALERT #2 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2014 AT 9PM EDT.

….. DEPRESSION JUST NORTHWEST OF PROVIDENCIALES IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.
Courtesy: WeatherUnderground.com

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, LONG CAY, RAGGED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA AND INAGUA.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…..IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 8 PM EDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.0 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGTITUDE 72.4 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 15 MILES NORTH-NORTHWEST OF NORTHWEST POINT, TURKS AND CAICOS, 80 MILES NORTHEAST OF GREAT INAGUA AND 32 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MAYAGUANA.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 11 MILES PER HOUR.  A NORTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT AND SUNDAY…FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.          ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF THE DEPRESSION WILL CONTINUE MOVING NEAR OR OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS AND SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMAS TONIGHT AND PASS NEAR OR OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND THE DEPRESSION IS FORECAST TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM BY SUNDAY.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS THROUGH TUESDAY.

RESIDENTS IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS SHOULD BEGIN AND COMPLETE THE NECESSARY PREPERATION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY PRIMARILY FROM FLOODING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS AND WINDS OF UP TO TROPICAL STORM FORCE.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 FORMS OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS


ALERT #1 ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2014 AT 6PM EDT.


COURTESY: WeatherUnderground.com
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES ACKLINS, CROOKED ISLAND, LONG CAY, RAGGED ISLAND, MAYAGUANA AND INAGUA.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS WHICH INCLUDES CAT ISLAND, RUM CAY, SAN SALVADOR, EXUMA AND ITS CAYS.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…..IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

AT 5 PM EDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 21.8 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGTITUDE 72.3 WEST OR OVER PROVIDENCIALES IN THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OR ABOUT 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF MAYAGUANA AND 60 MILES NORTHEAST OF INAGUA.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MILES PER HOUR.  THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY…..FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST AND A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY.  ON THE FORECAST TRACK THE CENTER OF THE DEPRESSION WILL CONTINUE MOVING NEAR OR OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AND THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS TONIGHT AND PASS NEAR OR OVER THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 35 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AND THE DEPRESSION IS FORECAST TO BECOME A TROPICAL STORM BY SUNDAY.

TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS, THE SOUTHEAST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THROUGH TUESDAY.

RESIDENTS IN THE MENTIONED ISLANDS SHOULD BEGIN AND COMPLETE THE NECESSARY PREPERATION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY PRIMARILY FROM FLOODING IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS AND WINDS OF UP TO TROPICAL STORM FORCE.

THE NEXT ALERT ON TROPICAL DEPRESSION #4 WILL BE ISSUED AT 9 PM EDT.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY

SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN

A SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 4:00PM EDT FRIDAY 22ND AUGUST, 2014.



A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT AND SATELLITE DATA INDICATED THAT SHOWER AND THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE BETWEEN PUERTO RICO AND THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HAS INCREASED DURING THE PAST FEW HOURS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME MORE CONDUCIVE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OR TROPICAL STORM WHILE NEAR THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OR OVER THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS ON SATURDAY.
COURTESY: WeatherUnderground.com

HOWEVER, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE SYSTEM BECOMES A TROPICAL CYCLONE, HEAVY RAINFALL AND GUSTY WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, THE SOUTHEAST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.

THEREFORE, RESIDENTS IN THE TURKS AND THE SOUTHEAST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM VERY CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION AS TROPICAL STORM WATCHES OR WARNINGS COULD BE REQUIRED WITH SHORT NOTICE.

Monday, August 11, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Robin Williams found dead of apparent suicide


News agencies are reporting that actor/comedian Robin Williams has been found dead in his California home in a suspected suicide.
According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office press release the 63-year-old actor was found unconscious around 12 p.m. inside his unincorporated residence in Tiburon

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“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
An investigation into his cause of death is underway while the coroner suspects that it was a suicide caused by asphyxiation. A forensic examination is scheduled for Tuesday





WILLIAMS AT A GLANCE 


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Monday, June 16, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER BAHAMAS

THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FROM 2:45 PM UNTIL 6:45 PM MONDAY 16TH JUNE 2014.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR NEW PROVIDENCE, THE BERRY ISLANDS, NORTH ANDROS, EASTERN GRAND BAHAMA, NORTH ELEUTHERA, ABACO AND ITS ADJACENT WATERS.

AT 2:45 PM OBSERVATIONS, RADAR AND SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOW STRONG THUNDERSTORMS AND MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH A MID TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING SLOWLY TOWARDS THE EAST.

SOME OF THESE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE SEVERE AT TIMES CAUSING STRONG GUSTY WINDS, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, HEAVY DOWNPOURS, HAIL AND POSSIBLE WATERSPOUT OR TORNADO ACTIVITY. LOCALIZED FLOODING COULD OCCUR IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS DURING HEAVY DOWNPOURS.

BOATERS IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD SEEK SAFE HARBOUR AND RESIDENTS IN THE WARNING AREA SHOULD STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS WHEN CONDITIONS WORSEN. RESIDENTS SHOULD NOT SEEK SHELTER UNDER TREES OR IN WATER AS THESE CAN BECOME LIGHTNING CONDUCTORS.
ISSUED BY FORECASTER NEIL ARMSTRONG…@ 2:45 PM.