Statement #1 — Subtropical Storm Nicole and The Islands of The Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation (BMOTIA) is closely tracking the progress of Subtropical Storm Nicole as it begins to turn north westward and is projected to move near the Northwest Bahamas as early as this evening.
A hurricane watch is now in effect for islands of the Northwest Bahamas including Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, The Berry Islands, Eleuthera, New Providence and Andros, indicating that hurricane conditions could affect the islands within 48 hours. Residents and visitors to these islands have been advised that hurricane conditions could begin by Tuesday night.
Islands in the Central Bahamas will also remain closely monitored for progress of Nicole, and it is expected that additional watches may be required later today.
At this time, all airports and ports in The Bahamas remain open for business; however, residents and visitors are advised to check directly with airlines and hotels regarding possible impacts on travel plans.
Travellers should note that it is normal for some hotels in the Out Islands to close for the fall season for planned renovations and refurbishment and should check with hotels directly regarding regularly scheduled closures.
The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles; there could be a tropical storm or hurricane warning for parts of the country while other parts remain unaffected.
The BMOTIA continues to monitor Subtropical Storm Nicole and will provide updates at www.bahamas.com. For further information visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.