NEMA assesses damage after reported tornado in Abaco
Guardian Senior Reporter
Published: May 26, 2012
Three families were displaced after a reported tornado touched down in Murphy Town, Abaco, on Thursday and ripped off portions of roofs, tore down power and phone lines and turned over cars.
A team from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) headed by NEMA Director Captain Stephen Russell flew to Abaco yesterday morning for an aerial and land assessment of the damage.
NEMA officials received a call about the reported tornado around 3 p.m. Thursday from Cooper’s Town Administrator Cephas Cooper.
No one was injured or killed during the storm, said NEMA Operations Manager Gayle Moncur at a press conference at the agency’s headquarters yesterday. She said it was too early to tell if the severe weather reported in Murphy Town was an actual tornado.
Greg Gomez, an employee at the Administrator’s Office in Cooper’s Town, toured the area after the reported twister passed through.
He told The Nassau Guardian the storm ripped off a portion of the roof covering two bedrooms of an apartment complex in Murphy Town. The storm also damaged the roof of an adjacent apartment and a nearby laundromat, he said.
Gomez also reported that the storm broke power and phone lines and caused damage to at least two businesses on Shell Road in Murphy Town.
The reported tornado was part of a series of bad weather experienced across The Bahamas this week due to incessant rain brought on by a low pressure system near The Bahamas.
The system caused flooding in New Providence and heavy rain in Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands, said Chief Climatological Officer Michael Stubbs.
On Thursday, the Meteorology Department issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco and adjacent waters and warned that the thunderstorms had the potential to cause strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpour and possible tornadic activity.