|More thunderstorms expected over holiday weekend|
Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 04, 2012
Tropical Storm Ernesto has entered the Caribbean and is forecasted to reach hurricane intensity by Monday, however, local meteorologists said the storm is unlikely to pose a direct threat to The Bahamas.
But that doesn’t mean the archipelago won’t experience some wild weather of its own over the holiday weekend.
Thunderstorm activity has been forecasted to continue into today and tomorrow, as two weather systems are expected to linger over the northwestern Bahamas, according to Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean.
Dean yesterday warned residents that even if the weather systems don’t strengthen, the associated showers and thunderstorms can bring wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Eleuthera and Andros yesterday morning.
“This system will continue to produce unsettled weather through Sunday, so we can anticipate off and on pockets of showers and thunderstorms, which can be locally heavy at times,” said Dean around 5 p.m.
“Come Monday we expect the wave to move to the west of us and we should begin to see some improvement in the weather conditions.”
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) officials confirmed that the weather caused flight delays at Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday afternoon.
In some cases international flights were backed up for more than three hours.