Sandy Heads Towards Bahamas as Category 2 Hurricane

Thursday 25th, October 2012 / 10:49 Published by

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday, increasing in intensity to a Category 2 Hurricane and is headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sandy had emerged from Cuba’s northeast coast around dawn and was moving north at 18 mph (30 kph), with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph). It was expected to remain a hurricane as it moves through the Bahamas.

Sandy is the 18th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The storm ravaged Cuba, knocking out power to over 5,000 people living on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. naval base. Officials there said it posed no threat to the 166 prisoners there.

The U.S. hurricane centre said that Sandy would most likely remain at hurricane force as it passes over the Bahamas later Thursday.  It could also bring tropical storm conditions along the southeastern Florida coast, the Upper Keys and Florida Bay by Friday morning.

The hurricane centre said Sandy could produce a total of 6 to 12 inches of rainfall across Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and eastern Cuba.

“These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain,” the centre said.

In The Bahamas, most airports are closed Thursday, as well as schools, government offices and many businesses.

As Sandy bears down on The Bahamas Islands, it is likely to drop back down to a Category One Hurricane.

Most airports throughout The Bahamas will close by 8:00am Thursday. They are not expected to reopen until Friday afternoon. LPIA is tentatively scheduled to reopen at 3:00pm Friday. Nassau’s Preclearance facilities are expected to be operational.

Hurricane Shelters in The Bahamas

On New Providence Island, the following district emergency shelters will be in operation:

Central District

Church of God of Prophecy
East Street and Lilly of the Valley
(242) 322-8376

Calvary Bible Church
62 Collins Avenue, Nassau
(242) 326-0800

Saint Barnabas Anglican Church
Blue Hill and Wulff roads
(242) 323-5995

Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church
St. Charles Vincent Street
(242) 322-8161

Mount Pleasant Green Baptist Church
East and Quakoo streets
(242) 328-1769

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter
Meadow and West streets
(242) 323-5608

Southern District

New Bethlehem Baptist Church
Independence Drive
(242) 341-8432

Calvary Deliverance Baptist Church
East Street South
(242) 325-1802/323-3135

Church of God of Prophecy
Gambier Village
(242) 322-3097/322-3241

Southwest Cathedral Church of God
Carmichael Road
(242) 341-2601

Golden Gates Assembly World Outreach Ministries
Carmichael Road
(242) 361-3347

Agape Full Gospel Baptist Church
Golden Palm Estates
(242) 328-6937

Western District

Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church
Tonique Williams-Darling Highway
(242) 361-8683

Cathedral of Praise Church of God
Mount Pleasant Village
(242) 362-5175

Church of God of Prophecy
Gambier Village
(242) 322-3097/322-3241

New Providence Community Center
Blake Road and JFK Drive
(242) 327-1660

Mount Moriah Baptist Church
Farrington Road
(242) 323-1747

Church of God
Greater Chippingham Eden Street
(off Farrington Road)
(242) 324-2582

Bahamas Association of the Physically Disabled
Dolphin Drive

Eastern District

Holy Cross Anglican Church
Soldier Road at Highbury Park
(242) 393-2428

Kemp Road Union Baptist Church
Kemp Road
(242) 393-5932

Epworth Hall at Shirley Street Church of God Auditorium
St. James Road
(242) 393-7398

Pilgrim Baptist Church
Joe Farrington Road
(242) 393-3644

Saint Mary’s Hall at St. Augustine’s College
Bernard Road
(242) 324-1511

Anglican Church of the Epiphany
Prince Charles Drive and Elizabeth Estates

Salvation Army
31 Mackey Street
(242) 393-2340
(242) 393-2745
(242) 393-2100

For Family Island hurricane shelters visit the Bahamas Hurricane Preparation website.

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