NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation continues to track the progress of Dorian which has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane.
As of Thursday morning, the storm is forecasted to strengthen to a major hurricane. A hurricane alert is now in effect for the Northwest Bahamas, including Nassau and New Providence, Eleuthera, Abaco, Grand Bahama, North Andros, Bimini and The Berry Islands.
The storm is expected to make landfall by Saturday night. All Northwest Bahamas islands, mentioned above, should begin hurricane preparation in anticipation of the storm.
At this time, all airports and ports in The Bahamas continue to remain open for business. Visitors are strongly advised to check directly with airlines, hotels and cruise lines regarding possible impacts on travel plans.
Following Labor Day, it is normal for hotels in the Out Islands to close for the fall season. Travelers should check with hotels directly regarding regularly scheduled closures.
The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles; there could be a tropical storm or hurricane warning for parts of the country while other parts remain unaffected.
The Ministry continues to monitor Tropical Storm Dorian and will provide updates at www.bahamas.com/storms. For further information, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.