The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has issued a special marine statement from 9 a.m est Wednesday 22nd, January 2020.
A gale warning is in effect for the islands of the extreme northwest Bahamas which includes Bimini, Grand Bahama and Abaco, and a watch is in effect for the remainder of The Bahamas.
A deep low pressure system North of The Bahamas will continue to produce large, life threatening swells and rough surf, as well as strong to gale force winds across mainly the Northwest Bahamas with gusts to strong gale across The extreme Northern Island as it shifts Northeaternwards.
Swells are expected to range between 15 to 20 feet along Atlantic exposures of islands in the Northwest Bahamas, with seas 6 to 10 feet along the coastal lee side of the islands. Winds ranging between 20 to 30 knots with gusts to gale force are also anticipated. Swells of up to 10 to 12 feet will also spread southward across the remainder of the Bahamas today.
Dangerous sea swells, gusty winds and hazardous surf conditions are expected to affect the islands today through tonight, with winds diminishing but hazardous boating and beaching conditions persisting through Saturday. Motorist and pedestrians should exercise extreme caution along coastal road for possible flooding, debris and sea spray overrunning sea walls. The conditions are especially dangerous for wayfarers and motorists who must traverse the fishing hole road on the island of Grand Bahama and the glass window bridge on the island of Eleuthera. Residents that live along the sea shore may experience the intrusion of water onto their property especially during high tide.
Small craft operators are strongly advised to remain in Port and beach goers are to refrain from entering the water due to extremely dangerous rip currents and rough surf.