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SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 10 AM EDT, FRIDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2020.

A TROPICAL DEPRESSION COULD DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN SEA DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. BUT REGARDLESS OF DEVELOPMENT, A TROUGH WILL EXTEND NORTHEASTWARD FROM THIS SYSTEM ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS OVER THE WEEK-END.

SUBSEQUENTLY, MODERATE TO HEAVY SHOWERS, STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND EXTENSIVE FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED ESPECIALLY IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS.  THESE CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN AFFECTING THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SPREAD NORTHWARD OVER THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.

RESIDENTS IN LOW LYING AND FLOOD PRONE AREAS SHOULD TAKE EARLY STEPS TO SECURE THEIR FURNITURE AND APPLIANCES FROM FLOOD WATERS AND MOTORISTS SHOULD EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION WHILE TRAVERSING FLOODED STREETS.

PREPARED BY
BASIL A. DEAN