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Fig Tree News Team

August 02, 2006 – 07:11
Storm Alert
Residents of the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands were advised to begin to secure their properties Tuesday as tropical storm and possibly hurricane conditions are expected.

In its first alert on Tropical Storm Chris, issued at 6 o’clock last evening, the Department of Meteorology reported that the weather system’s centre was located about 760 miles east-southeast of Grand Turk, 860 miles east-southeast of Inagua and 1190 miles east-southeast of New Providence.

It advised that a tropical storm alert was in effect for the islands of Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Ragged Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The alert means that tropical storm conditions can possibly be experienced within 60 hours.

Tropical Storm Chris was moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour.

According to the meteorological department, that general motion was expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

"On this track the centre of Chris will move near the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeast Bahamas on Friday morning," the alert said.

The tropical storm’s maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Some strengthening was forecast over the next 24 hours.

By: Darrin Culmer, The Bahama Journal

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