While the intensity of Emily is still forecasted to remain at a Tropical Storm level, businesses are advised to monitor the situation carefully.
At 5:00 p.m. today Emily was located about 185 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands and projected to begin to effect the southeast Bahamas Thursday afternoon and the central and northwestern Bahamas on Friday.
Emily is moving at 12 mph with sustained winds now at 50 mph. Slight strengthening is anticipated before it reaches Hispaniola where the higher elevations are expected to temporarily downgrade it to a tropical depression. It is expected to regroup as a tropical storm as it enters our warmer waters.
The Met Department advises residents of the southeast Bahamas to ensure that all pre-season precautions have been taken.
These measures can be viewed at: www.bahamashurricaneprep.com, a readiness website developed by PLANIT NOW in cooperation with BHA, Kerzner Int’l, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and the National Emergency Management Agency. Small craft operators in the southeast Bahamas should closely monitor the progress of Emily and not venture far from port.