NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation continues to track the progress of Hurricane Isaias, a Category 1 hurricane. A hurricane warning has been discontinued for the Southeast Bahamas and the all clear issued for Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island and Long Cay.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for the remainder of The Bahamas. Out of an abundance of caution, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau is closed effective Friday, July 31 at 3:00 PM until further notice.
Hurricane Isaias has slowed slightly and continues to move toward the northwest at about 15 miles per hour. The center of the storm is located southwest of Clarence Town, Long Island, and is forecast to move into the Central Bahamas tonight, move near or over New Providence and the Northwestern Bahamas Saturday, and near the east coast of the Florida peninsula Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 miles per hour with higher gusts and hurricane-force winds extending outward up to the 35 miles. Strengthening is expected later tonight and early Saturday.
Hotels throughout the islands are activating hurricane preparedness plans, however, a number of hotels have remained closed due to COVID-19 precautions. Residents are being asked to complete all preparations to mitigate damages and are strongly advised to remain indoors. Any visitors with upcoming travel plans are advised to check directly with airlines and hotels regarding possible impacts on travel.
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.