Weather Alert for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

[Updated August 1, 2020 @ 10:00 pm]

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens of the development and progress of Hurricane Isaias

As of 5:00pm on August 1, 2020, the National Hurricane Center advised that Isaias had weakened to a Tropical Storm, but is projected to re-strengthen to Hurricane status overnight into August 2 as it approaches Florida.

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas as of 10:00pm on August 1.

U.S. citizens residing and traveling in this region should be alert to flooding, rain, and storm surge.

A list of hurricane shelters is available here.

Actions to Take

The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens living in and/or visiting this region take certain basic precautions in preparation for a possible storm.

Supplies and Preparation:

If you are living in this region: Ensure you have adequate supplies of food, water, medications, and other essential supplies on hand. It is not unusual for stores and shops to close before, during, and after a hurricane. Check your generators and make sure you have an adequate supply of fuel; cut down any dead foliage and remove any debris around your home; secure any items that could become dangerous flying objects (patio furniture, umbrellas, barbeques, etc.); have the tools and supplies on hand to secure your house (plywood, nails, shutters, etc.) Upper floors in high-rise buildings are at increased risk of windows being blown out, due to the fact that wind speed increases with height.

If you are a tourist, talk to your hotel front desk to learn about the hotel’s emergency plan for a hurricane. Notify your family and friends of your whereabouts and your plans until the storm passes.  Be sure to have an adequate supply of necessary prescriptions and medications on hand.

During the Storm:

  • Do not go outside, flying debris is lethal;
  • Do not watch the storm from beaches as storm surge, riptides, and rogue waves are hazardous;
  • Stay inside in an interior room of your residence (bathroom, large closet, or pantry). Choose a room with little or no windows that is located away from the exterior wall of the residence;
  • Stay off your home/cell phone and radio. Keep all means of communication available for an emergency;
  • If a member of your family sustains an injury during the storm, report the injury and degree of severity to the local authorities as soon as possible.
  • The National Emergency Management Agency of The Bahamas has set up hotline numbers for emergencies and shelter throughout The Bahamas:
    • EMERGENCIES | +1 (242) 323 6731
    • SHELTER | +1 (242) 433 6905 // +1 (242) 322 6801 or 5
    • FAMILY ISLANDS | +1 (242) 300 0144

U.S. citizens in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos should monitor local radio, the National Weather Service and local media to stay aware of any weather developments in their area. The U.S. Embassy will update this emergency message if new information becomes available. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Small craft operators should remain in port and small craft operators in the Central Bahamas should not venture far from port.

U.S. citizens should also stay current with media coverage of local events, weather and marine forecasts, and monitor the National Hurricane Center, The Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency and local media to stay aware of any weather developments in their area. For official information from the Bahamian and TCI governments regarding weather conditions, please monitor ZNS or other local media outlets.

Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Updated information on travel in The Bahamas may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updated information.

For Assistance in The Bahamas

Emergency Numbers for Consular Affairs in the United States

  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    1-888-407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.)
    +1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)

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