Torrential rains showered down on Grand Bahama during the mid-morning hours of Wednesday, May 16 putting a damper on all outdoor activities, as strong to severe thunderstorm cells, with the ability to generate waterspouts and localized flooding posed serious risk to motorists and pedestrians alike.
Visibility was near zero sometime around 11:00 a.m. yesterday in the downtown and Queens Highway areas, as motorists were forced to near crawl speed, with a several drivers pulling to the side of the road until the blanket of rain subsided.
Kirk James, Freeport Weather Department Meteorologist issued a weather advisory for Grand Bahama and the extreme northwest Bahamas stating, “A deep layered low pressure system in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will continue to support pockets of unsettled weather over the Northwest and Central Bahamas through Friday (May 18).
“Special warnings and adverse weather risks will include waterspouts, strong to severe thunderstorms and flooding in portions over our area.
“Expect cloudy periods, a bit windy and muggy tonight into Thursday (today) with a continued threat for rain, showers and thunderstorms, which will be heavy at times.
“Small craft caution should be exercised, as south southeast winds are 10 to 20 knots and wind gusts above 25 knots with heavy activity.
“Local seas are two to four feet and around six feet in the Abacos with gulf stream seas at two to three feet.
“Expect an overnight low near 72 degrees Fahrenheit with Thursday’s (today) high at 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Tide will be high at 10:00 a.m. Thursday (today) and low at 4:05 p.m. in the afternoon.”
Boaters are also being advised to remain alert for gusty winds, higher seas and reduced visibility in or near heavy showers or thunderstorms tomorrow.
Keep umbrellas, rain coats and other weather gear handy tonight and tomorrow while traversing the Grand Bahama community and adhere to all cautions and advisories to safeguard oneself from potential threat, the meteorologist forewarned.