Hurricane Updates and Disaster Preparedness
The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, like all countries in and near the Caribbean Sea, are potentially at risk from hurricanes. The official hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, although hurricanes have been known to form in other months. August, September, and early October are traditionally the months of highest risk.
If you are traveling or residing in this region during hurricane season, please monitor weather reports regularly. Plan ahead and consider what you may do if a hurricane or tropical storm develops. Major hurricanes can cause extensive property damage and loss of life. Do not be caught unprepared! Develop a personal hurricane plan for yourself and your family!
For official information from the Bahamian and Turks and Caicos governments regarding weather conditions, please monitor ZNS (1540 AM or 104.5 FM) or other local media outlets. Information on hurricanes can also be found on the following websites:
- National Hurricane Center
- The Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency
- Turks and Caicos Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (Facebook page)
- Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go
- Bureau of Consular Affairs
Updated information on travel in The Bahamas may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the U.S. 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.)
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