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Matthew battering, southeast, central Bahamas, takes aim at northwest

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Oct 06, 2016

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Ian Knowles, chief councilor for Long Island, said around 10 p.m. that winds had picked up between 70 and 80 miles per hour, with light rain.

Knowles said there were no reports of damage or injury at that point.

“This is the most prepared I have ever seen the island since I was a little boy,” he said.

“Most people took advantage of the shelters and took nothing to chance.”

Electricity went off at about 10 a.m. today, according to Knowles.

Johnley Ferguson Sr., of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera, said on the south side of the island, residents were experiencing wind gusts of between 24 and 30 miles per hour, in 15 minute intervals.

Ferguson said the island is in darkness.

“It’s just darkness and wind,” he said.

“But you just pray and you hope that whatever you do, whatever building you are in, holds, and that you don’t venture out. Just pray that the Lord keeps us safe.”

The southern islands started feeling effects of Hurricane Matthew Tuesday night.

The category 3 storm is expected to hit New Providence early Wednesday.

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