GENERAL SITUATION:  Hurricane Maria will move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas as it moves northwestward at 9 mph at 8pm. Tropical storm conditions will affect most of the Southeast and Central Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Maria moves into the Atlantic waters east of the Bahamas through Saturday. Weak pressure pattern across the Bahamas will remain over the area at the start of the week but swells will continue to produce dangerous seas over the area through next week.

Thursday 21st – Partly sunny, hot and humid with few scattered showers or a thunderstorm in the NW and Central Bahamas, turning partly cloudy and warm at night with the chance of a passing shower or two. Tropical storm conditions across the SE Bahamas. Maximum temperature 91ºF and minimum temperature 78ºF.  Small craft should remain in port in the SE Bahamas and remain near port in the Central Bahamas. Winds NE to E at 10 to 15 knots in the NW and Central Bahamas, falling light and variable at times and increasing to 15 to  20 knots in the Central Bahamas later and NE to E at 15 to 20 knots early, increasing to tropical storm force winds by night time. Seas 2 to 4 feet in the NW and Central Bahamas, building to 4 to 7 feet later in the Central Bahamas and 4 to 6 feet in the SE Bahamas building to 12 to 16 feet later.

Friday 22nd – Tropical storm conditions across the SE Bahamas and possible hurricane conditions across the Turk and Caicos. Variable cloudiness with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms, some locally heavy at times across the NW and Central Bahamas during the day through night time. Maximum temperature 91°F and minimum temperature 78F. Small craft should remain in port as Hurricane Marie affects SE and Central Bahamas area. Winds NE to E at 10 to 15 knots, in the NW Bahamas; NE to E at 15 to 20 knots at times in the Central Bahamas and N to NE veering NW to W  at 15 to 25 knots, maxing to 35 knots in the SE Bahamas. Seas 2 to 4 feet but building up to 4 to 6 feet across the NW and Central Bahamas and 9 to 12 feet in the SE Bahamas but higher in surge and swells.

Saturday 23rd  Mostly cloudy to overcast with scattered showers, intermittent rainfall and embedded thunderstorms in vicinity of the Central and SE Bahamas through early afternoon. Variable cloudiness with few scattered showers or thunderstorms through night time. Maximum temperature 93°F and minimum temperature 78°F. Small craft should remain in port for areas facing the Atlantic Ocean. Winds NNW to NNE at 15 to 25 knots near the Atlantic ocean shores in the NW and Central Bahamas and NW  to W at 15 to 25 knots near the Atlantic Ocean shores in the SE Bahamas. Elsewhere winds variable at 10 knots or less. Seas 5 to 8 feet on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Bahamas and 2 to 4 feet elsewhere in the Bahamas but up to 12 to 16 feet in mixed ocean swells.

Sunday 24th – Partly to mostly cloudy, hot and humid with few scattered showers mainly across the SE Bahamas. Maximum temperature 92ºF and minimum temperature 79ºF. Small craft should remain in port along the Atlantic Ocean areas. Winds NNW to NNE at 15 to 25 knots the open Atlantic waters; N to NE at 10 to 15 knots elsewhere across the NW and Central Bahamas and W to SW at 10 to 15 knots in the SE Bahamas. Seas 5 to 8 feet across the entire Bahamas but up to 14 to 16 feet in mixed swells.

Monday 25th – Partly to mostly cloudy, hot and humid with lingering scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms mainly across the SE Bahamas during the day night time. Maximum temperature 91°F and minimum temperature 79°F. Small craft advisory continues for large to very large ocean swells across the Bahamas. Winds variable at 10 knots or less over most areas of the Bahamas Seas 3 feet or less over all areas but up to 8 to 13 feet in mixed swells.

Tuesday 26th – Partly sunny, hot and humid with few scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms across the NW Bahamas, turning partly cloudy to fair skies with the chance of few passing showers at night. Maximum temperature 91ºF and minimum temperature 79ºF. Small craft advisory continues for large very large  ocean swells. Winds variable at 10 knots or less over the open ocean for all areas. Seas 3 feet or less over the entire Bahamas but up to 13 feet in N’ly to NE’ly swells.

Wednesday 27th – Partly to mostly sunny, hot and humid with some showers or thunderstorms at times across the NW and Central Bahamas. Partly cloudy to fair skies at night with few lingering showers or isolated thunderstorms. Partly cloudy to cloudy with few scattered showers or isolated thunderstorms early across the SE Bahamas, turning partly cloudy to fair at night time. Maximum temperature 90ºF and minimum temperature 79ºF. Small craft advisory continues for large very large  ocean swells. Winds NW’ly at 10 to15 knots across the NW Bahamas and variable at 10 knots or less in the Central and SE Bahamas. Seas 2 to 4 feet in the NW Bahamas and 1 to 3 feet in the Central and SE Bahamas but up to 8 to 13 feet in N’ly to NE’ly swells.

Beachgoers and Mariners should exercise extreme caution due to the high risk of rip currents and dangerous ocean swells along the northern and eastern shorelines during stated advisories. Boaters and beachgoers should be alert for possible waterspout activity and take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

 

Geoffrey N. Greene

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