Location: Grand Bahama and Bimini
Event: The National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Bimini and Grand Bahama Islands as of 8:00AM Wednesday, September 28.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Residents and guests on Bimini and Grand Bahama are strongly encouraged to make appropriate preparations now.
Hurricane Ian is currently a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 155 mph (250km/h) with higher gusts. Ian is expected to make landfall in Florida today and start a northward turn on Thursday. Hurricane Ian has the potential to be a catastrophic hurricane and variations in the predicted path are still possible. All residents and guests are encouraged to closely monitor the storm’s path and intensity at www.hurricanes.gov.
Actions to Take:
- Ensure you have sufficient supply of prescription medications and potable water on hand.
- Monitor the National Hurricane Center website and local news for the latest forecast.
- Review local and emergency management organizations for information on emergency preparedness.
The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens living in and/or visiting this region to take certain basic precautions in preparation for a possible storm.
Supplies and Preparation:
If you are living in this region: Ensure your supplies of food, water, medications, and other essential items are secured. Check your generators; 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.); secure your house. 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 storm. 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, as 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.
U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas
#42 Queen Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
Non-Emergency inquiries: ACSNassau@state.gov
Contact the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 toll-free from the United States and Canada