A tropical storm alert remains in effect for the islands of the Northwest and Central Bahamas. This includes the islands of Grand Bahama, Abaco, Bimini, Berry Islands, Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, Exuma, Cat Island, Long Island, San Salvador and Rum Cay.
A Tropical Storm alert means that tropical storm condition could be experienced in the mentioned island within 60 hours.
At 1 p.m est, the center of Tropical Depression Eta was located near latitude 17.9 degrees North and longitude 86.9 degrees West, or abour 95 miles East Northeast of Belize City Belize or about 375 miles West-Southwest of Grand Cayman, or about 740 miles Southwest of Kemp’s Bay Andros, or about 783 miles Southwest of New Providence.
The depression is moving toward the North-Northeast near 6 mph. A turn towards the Northeast and a faster speed are expected this afternoon, with this motion continuing through early Sunday.
On the forecast track, the center of Eta will move across the Northwestern Caribbean Sea today, approach the Cayman Islands Saturday, and be near Central or Western Cuba Saturday night and Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Eta is forecast to become a Tropical Storm again later this afternoon or tonight, with further strengthening likely through early Sunday.
Residents in the Northwest and Central Bahamas should begin to make preparation for the possibilty of Tropical Storm conditions beginning early Sunday afternoon.