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Update on Hurricane Irene

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) presented a preliminary account on the impact of Hurricane Irene on the various Bahamian Islands, August 24, 2011.

In the Southeast Bahamas, there were several reports made to NEMA, as the NEOC was in continuous contact with Family Island administrators and disaster management stakeholders.

Some of the points of interest in the reports from the Southeast Bahamas were as follows:

On the island of Mayaguana, Administrator Harvey Roberts called in at around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, to report that power was still off, the road leading to the main town was becoming flooded, a number of utility poles were down with wires being exposed on the ground in the Bay Side area. Landlines were also down and communication was only by cell phones.

Mr. Roberts added that Zion Baptist Church lost a portion of the roof, St. James Church lost a portion of the roof, the preschool and the priest's accommodations lost a portion of their roof.

The Church of God of Prophecy's new extension was completely demolished and a portion of the sanctuary's roof was gone.  Quite a number of houses lost shingles, with the Police Station's antenna getting uprooted and they had lost shingles from the roof.  Big trees have either been uprooted or completely shredded, Mr. Roberts said.

At 5:45 p.m., Administrator Roberts reported that approximately 40 houses received level 2 damages, inclusive of the communities of Betsy Bay, Pirate Wells and Abraham's Bay. Concerns were also expressed to the Asst. Commissioner of Police John Ferguson in reference to 3 persons detained at Police Station.

At 12:25 a.m. Sub Lt. Samantha Hart, she reported that were 52 persons in the shelter, on the island of Inagua, 18 of whom are Haitian migrants.

On the Crooked Island, NEMA received reports of approximately 100-110 mph wind gusts and they are using battery operated charged phones at 12:45 p.m.

Also, the Colonel Hill High school's roof was reportedly completely blown off and its windows blown out, a portion of the St. John's Baptist Church has collapsed, the clinic has lost shingles and the electrical wiring had be en exposed.

NEMA was also informed say that at Colonel Hill the school had lost their roof, two classroom blocks had been blown down and St. John Baptist also lost its roof.

At 4:15 p.m., Nurse B. Carroll reported that the Clinic on Crooked Island was in good condition and some buildings lost their roofs, eight persons were in the shelter at Landril Point and six persons in shelter at Long Cay. Winds were reported at 120mph.

On Acklins, NEMA was informed at 4:20 p.m. that Administrator Stephen Wilson reported that in Lovely Bay 90 percent of the settlement was gone, with house roofs and several homes blown away.  Power lines and trees were down in the road and the shelter population had increased.  Chester's Bay was experiencing similar conditions to Lovely Bay, with 90-110mph winds. There was no report from Central Acklins.

NEMA will continue to monitor the storm and keep the public informed of its development and movement.