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Weather system could become tropical storm as it leaves Bahamas

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 26, 2012

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A low pressure system hovering near the country could develop into a tropical storm by Sunday, according to Chief Climatological Officer Michael Stubbs.

However, Stubbs said given the present path of the system, The Bahamas is not expected to be under any significant threat.

“The system has about a 70 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone as it leaves The Bahamas,” said Stubbs at a press conference at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday.

“It will be north of The Bahamas before this really happens... Once the system is formed, it is expected to move slightly towards the west but of course given the present scenario it appears as if The Bahamas will not be in any particular threat from this present system.”

The low pressure system is to blame for the incessant rain, which has pounded New Providence and several Family Islands over the past few days.

Residents in Murphy Town, Abaco also reported that a tornado touched down in their area and ripped off roofs and damaged utility lines.

The rain brought flooding to low lying areas of New Providence.

Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and the Berry Islands have also seen a significant amount of rainfall.

“We had a broad area of low pressure moving towards The Bahamas,” Stubbs said. “This system, because of the size of it, produced an extended period of rainfall over The Bahamas, Cuba and South Florida.

“We don’t see any reduction in the amount of rainfall until late into the weekend, late Saturday or Sunday.”

Stubbs said the El Nino phenomenon might be behind the weather system and the incessant rainfall. He added that this type of system brought on by El Nino usually means reduced cyclone activity during a hurricane season.

The 2012 hurricane season begins on June 1.


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