Downpours, thunderstorms continue to dominate GB forecast

Downpours of rain along with isolated thunderstorms dominated the weather forecast for Grand Bahama and the extreme Northwest Bahamas on Tuesday, June 12, according to the Freeport Meteorology Department.

Warnings of fog, low visibility and gale force winds along with a risk of strong thunderstorm cells in the area with the potential to produce waterspouts were announced by Sharez Williams, Duty Forecaster.

Williams noted that in the general situation, deep moisture over the Northwest Bahamas enhanced by upper level troughs support convective activity in the area through Wednesday, June 13.

“Boaters should be alert for gusty winds, higher seas and reduced visibility in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms, with winds prevailing in the southeast at 10 knots or less through the afternoon becoming light and variable by night fall.

“Locally, seas are one to three feet over open waters with widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms and the Gulf Stream at one to three feet forecasted,” revealed Williams.

Meanwhile, in the tropical weather outlook a large area of convection in the western Caribbean Sea shows little sign of development at this time as it moves westerly toward the Yucatan Peninsula.

Development of the system is expected sometime later in the week when it enters the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, revealed Williams.

Elsewhere, tropical cyclone formation is not expected within the next five days, however environmental conditions could become slightly more conducive for some development.

Regardless of development, this disturbance will likely produce locally, heavy rainfall across Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, Andros and the adjacent waters.

Pedestrians and motorists are advised to exercise caution on the streets of Grand Bahama being sure to obey all traffic rules.

Nearly two weeks into the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which began June 1 through November 30 – 14 named storms are predicted, seven of which are anticipated to develop into hurricanes and three are expected to become Category 3 or higher, hence the general public is advised to put into effect their hurricane preparations, ensuring that they have water, non-perishable food items, coolers, flashlights, batteries, battery operated radio, butane stove/sternos, cleaning supplies inclusive of bleach, health essentials, food for pets and documents secured in waterproof containers.

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