New Storm Threatens The Bahamas

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Weds., Aug. 24, 2005: A tropical storm warning was last night in effect for several areas of the Bahamas as the center of a new tropical depression swirled 140 miles southeast of Nassau, the capital and forecasters predicted that the depression could become a tropical storm by today.

Tropical Depression 12 yesterday resulted in a tropical storm warning being placed in effect for the central and northwestern Bahamas including cat island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, The Northwestern Bahamas, The Abacos, Andros Island., The Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours, according to forecasters at the Miami-based National Hurricane Center. Storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near the center in areas of onshore winds in the Bahamas, they added.

The depression was last night moving toward the northwest near 7 mph with this general motion is expected to continue during the
next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds were near 35 mph with higher gusts and some strengthening expected.

It is also expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over the central and northwestern Bahamas with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches possible.

Total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected along the north coast of Cuba.

A tropical storm watch was also issued for portions of the Florida Keys and the Florida East Coast. –