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- Hurricane Isabel, Bahamas
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 16:24:35 -0400


- Hurricane Isabel
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 14:46:51 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
18 September 2003
Hurricane Isabel has passed North of Grand Bahama leaving us unscathed, for which we are very grateful.
The enclosed photograph was taken from my aeroplane on 16 September, showing the ocean swells generated by Isabel pounding onto the shores of Hope Town, Abaco.
Capt. John Roberts

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- Hurricane Isabel: Bahamas Travel Advisory In Effect [Briland.com/13 Sep]
  • From: Kimberly King-Burns <kkingburns AT convergenz.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2003 15:14:37 -0700
Hurricane Isabel Nears Atlantic Coast [5:00p EST - Saturday]

By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press Writer

MIAMI - Hurricane Isabel's sustained winds increased to 160 mph Saturday as 
the Category 5 hurricane swirled ominously closer to the Atlantic Coast.

The hurricane had earlier been lowered to a Category 4 storm after its 
sustained winds fell to 150 mph. It was reclassified after a hurricane 
hunter plane flew into the eye to measure its intensity Saturday afternoon. 
A hurricane hits the top of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale when its 
winds reach 156 mph.

The slow-moving, powerful storm was still several days from land, and 
forecasters were unsure if it would strike the United States. However, 
computer models predicted it would turn toward Georgia and the Carolinas 
over the next five days.

"It's not definite, but things are looking more ominous than yesterday for 
the East Coast," National Hurricane Center (news - web sites) meteorologist 
Eric Blake said Saturday.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Isabel's maximum wind speed was 150 mph, down from 160 mph 
earlier in the week. A storm becomes a Category 5 hurricane, the top level 
of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, when its winds reach 156 mph.

Isabel was centered about 405 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, 
Saturday morning and was moving west at 10 mph. Forecasters expected it to 
continue that movement until Sunday afternoon.

Large ocean swells and dangerous surf conditions were forecast for the 
Leeward Islands in the northeastern Caribbean. And the U.S. State 
Department issued a travel warning Friday advising tourists to avoid the 
Bahamas because of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center's five-day forecast for Isabel put the 
hurricane roughly 420 miles east of the Georgia-South Carolina border early 
Thursday, if it makes a predicted turn to the northwest. But hurricanes can 
be unpredictable, and long-range forecasts have large possibilities for error.

Forecasters said Hurricane Isabel could still strike anywhere from north 
Florida to Virginia, and officials warned East Coast residents to be alert. 
They expected to know more about the potential direction of the storm late 
this weekend.

"If you've been lax with your hurricane preparations, now's a really good 
time to catch up," Blake said.

Some residents along the East Coast were taking that advice, buying water, 
plywood and other supplies just in case Isabel made landfall. National 
Guard officials in the Southeast said enough troops were ready to help if 
necessary, despite mobilizations in Iraq (news - web sites) and other parts 
of the world.

Water management officials in Florida were also worried about some of the 
already-swollen rivers and lakes because a direct hit from a hurricane 
could cause severe flooding.

The last Atlantic hurricane to develop into a Category 5 storm was Mitch in 
1998, which killed about 11,000 people in Central America.

The last two Category 5 hurricanes to strike the U.S. coast were Andrew in 
1992 and Camille in 1969. Andrew, still the most expensive natural disaster 
in U.S. history with a $30 billion damage toll, tore through south Florida 
and Louisiana, killing 43 people. Camille killed 143 on the Gulf Coast and 
113 in Virginia flooding.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30.

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- Hurricane Isabel Update: Briland.com [5:00p EST - 9/10]
  • From: Kimberly King-Burns <kkingburns AT convergenz.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 14:01:23 -0700
Isabel remains a Cat 4 storm, and continues on a westerly track that could 
eventually allow it to threaten the Bahamas and the U.S.  Isabel has had a 
significant northward component to its track over the past few days, but a 
strengthening ridge of high pressue near Bermuda finally forced the 
hurricane to turn due westward on Tuesday night.  Isabel is also moving a 
little faster than earlier forecasts had indicated.

Any impact to the Bahamas is expected to materialize until late Sunday or 
Monday at the earliest.  Please note that 5-day h'cane forecasts  have an 
average error of more than 200 miles.

If you'd like to help out with posting these hurricane forecasts to the 
Briland.com board, please let Kimberly know at your earliest 
convenience.  She'll be in France 14-30 September, and away from constant 
e-mail access, and any assistance keeping Briland.com readers up to date 
would be much appreciated.

- Post-Henri Weather
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2003 12:42:28 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
8 September 2003
It's a sunny day in Freeport, with scattered clouds and wind out of the WNW at 12 mph gusting to 16. The barometric pressure is 29.96 and rising.
We have our attention focused on the East, watching Isobel, and hope she does visit the Islands Isabella's protege discovered!
Capt. John Robets

- Tropical Storm Henri
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2003 10:33:32 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
6 September 2003
We are in the southern quadrant of Tropical Storm Henri and an active feeder band is giving us wind gusts up to 32 m.p.h. and, so far, 1" of rain. The barometric pressure is holding at 29.99". Unlike Florida, we need this rain.
Capt. John Roberts

- Hurricane Fabian
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 09:46:36 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
1st September 2003
We are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Fabian as it is in an historically bad position for the Bahamas. We hope it continues along the forecast track, which would keep it out in the Atlantic Ocean, and away from us.
(Capt) John Roberts
Fishermans Safari

- Grand Bahama Island
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT mail.batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 10:11:58 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
12 August 2003
It's a lovely day in the Bahamas, with calm winds. However, we are keeping a close watch on the weak surface low east of us, moving west at 20m.p.h. It looks as if this will bring us more much-needed rain in the next day or two, and we hope that it passes over us still as a weak low pressure.system.
Capt. John Roberts
Fishermans Safari

- Report from Freeport, Grand Bahama
  • From: "ghpsafari" <ghpsafari AT mail.batelnet.bs>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:43:00 -0400
Grand Bahama Island
29 July 2003
The weak surface trough over the Northern Bahamas is giving us the occasional heavy rain shower, which is much needed as we have not had our usual June and July tropical downpours.
We have been using:
frequently as this covers the Caribbean area very well.
(Capt.) John Roberts
Fishermans Safari

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