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Hurricane Tomas Approaches Inagua, Mayaguana, and the Caicos Islands

By: BahaHurican , 11:18 PM GMT on November 05, 2010

7 p. m.

Deadly Hurricane Tomas, with a devastating track record from its trip through the Eastern Caribbean last weekend, is set to strike Inagua and Mayaguana and to bring hurricane force winds to the Caicos Islands later this evening.

At 5 p.m. EDT, Hurricane Tomas was located near 20.3°N 73.8°W, or about 70 miles southwest of Inagua. It was moving to the northeast at about 14 mph. At that rate, the eye of Tomas is likely to cross Inagua at about 10 p.m. tonight, and over the more northerly island of Mayaguana around 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. While only 75 mph winds were occurring at that time, forecasters say that conditions still support some strengthening, perhaps to as much as a low-end category two storm, as it crosses the islands tonight.

On the island of Mayaguana, residents battened up houses and secured boats while hoping that the storm's eye would pass them to the east, over the uninhabited eastern end of the island. The three small settlements are located along bays at the western end of the island, and the low-lying north and west facing settlements of Pirates Well and Betsy Bay would be particularly vulnerable to storm surge caused by onshore flow. Since the worst of the hurricane force winds extend only about 25 miles out, mainly to the east of the storm centre, the current NHC track would represent a best-case scenario for both Mayaguana and the equally vulnerable Caicos Islands to its east.

Hurricane Tomas approaches Inagua, 7 p.m. EDT, 5 November, 2010

Tomas is the most serious storm to affect The Bahamas - Turks and Caicos archipelago this season, and is the first to pass through the islands since Tropical Storm Bonnie back in late July. [The Northwest Bahamas was impacted by Nicole, but in mainly in its extratropical phase.] This is remarkable considering the remarkably hyperactive nature of the season and the fact that these islands are somewhat of a "beaten path" for Atlantic tropical cyclones.

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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6. CaicosRetiredSailor
3:23 AM GMT on July 13, 2011
Shuttle Atlantis over Long Island:

http://cio.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/mu ltimedia/gallery/iss028e015807.html

Atlantis Approaches Station for Docking
ISS028-E-015807 (10 July 2011) --- The space shuttle Atlantis is seen over the Bahamas prior to a perfect docking with the International Space Station at 10:07 a.m. (CDT). Part of a Russian Progress spacecraft which is docked to the station is in the foreground.
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5. Thrawst
4:06 AM GMT on January 13, 2011
Yep. Sorry I'm two months late :P

But did you see the fog a couple days ago? VERY unusual for here!
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4. BahaHurican
2:38 AM GMT on November 06, 2010

Welcome! Glad to see some "local talent" here.

Here's the WunderRecord for Nassau this p.m.:

4:00 PM
82.4 F / 28.0 C

71.6 F / 22.0 C
29.75 in / 1007.3 hPa
6.2 miles / 10.0 kilometers
North 17.3 mph / 27.8 km/h / 7.7 m/s - N/A
Mostly Cloudy

5:00 PM
78 F / 25 C

71 F / 22 C
29.77 in / 1008 hPa
8 miles / 13 kilometers
18.4 mph / 29.6 km/h /
- -
Mostly Cloudy

That's a 4 degree drop in one hour... very noticeable indeed. Also a big drop between nearly 100% humidity this morning and only 70% now...
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3. Thrawst
2:12 AM GMT on November 06, 2010
Yeah i live in Nassau. Pretty rapid decrease in temperature after the cold front completely moved through today?
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2. NCHurricane2009
11:25 PM GMT on November 05, 2010
Nice update.
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1. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:22 PM GMT on November 05, 2010
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