CTO Storm Watch Center

Hurricane and Storm Information, The Bahamas: https://www.bahamas.com/hurricane-and-storm-information

 

Media Queries:

Anita Johnson-Patty, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation – [email protected]

Weber Shandwick, Public Relations for The Bahamas – [email protected]

 

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 – 3:00 PM EDT

NASSAU, Bahamas – September 4, 2019 – Hurricane Dorian has moved out of The Islands Of The Bahamas and an all clear from hurricane effects has been issued for the country. Relief teams have been deployed to The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.

Islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian remain open and are receiving visitors. In the Northwest Bahamas, these include the Bahamas capital of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Andros. Islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.

“There are no words to convey the grief we feel for our fellow Bahamians in The Abacos and Grand Bahama,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. “Now is the time to come together for our brothers and sisters in need, and help our country get back on its feet. Anyone who wishes to provide relief support should go to www.bahamas.com/relief for verified ways to help. We also implore travelers to continue visiting the Bahamian islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian as this will help our people tremendously.”

The following is a status update on airports, hotels, airlines and cruise schedules at this time. This is not a comprehensive list and visitors are strongly advised to check directly with airlines, hotels and cruise lines regarding possible impacts to travel plans.

AIRPORTS

Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau remains open. There have been flight cancellations and travelers should contact their airlines directly for any schedule changes.

Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is closed.

Leonard Thompson International Airport (MHH) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is closed.

All other airports throughout The Bahamas are open and operational.

HOTELS

Hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island remain open.

Hotels in The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island are closed.

Reservation holders should contact properties directly for complete information.

FERRY, CRUISE AND PORTS

Nassau ports are open and operating on their normal schedule, although cruise line schedules may be altered.

Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Harbour is closed.

Bahamas Ferries have cancelled all sailings until further notice. Passengers seeking further information should call 242-323-2166.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration remains closed and has cancelled September 3 and September 5 sailings.

For information on Bahamas Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, please visit www.bahamas.com/relief.

 

Hurricane Dorian and the Islands of the Bahamas – Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 – 1:00 PM EDT

NASSAU, Bahamas – September 4, 2019 – Hurricane Dorian has moved out of The Islands Of The Bahamas and an all clear from hurricane effects has been issued for the country. Relief teams have been deployed to The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island.

Islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian remain open and are receiving visitors. In the Northwest Bahamas, these include the Bahamas capital of Nassau and neighboring Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Andros. Islands in the Southeastern and Central Bahamas remain unaffected, including The Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua.

“There are no words to convey the grief we feel for our fellow Bahamians in The Abacos and Grand Bahama,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar. “Now is the time to come together for our brothers and sisters in need, and help our country get back on its feet. Anyone who wishes to provide relief support should go to www.bahamas.com/relief for verified ways to help. We also implore travelers to continue visiting the Bahamian islands that were not impacted by Hurricane Dorian as this will help our people tremendously.”

The following is a status update on airports, hotels, airlines and cruise schedules at this time. This is not a comprehensive list and visitors are strongly advised to check directly with airlines, hotels and cruise lines regarding possible impacts to travel plans.

AIRPORTS

  • Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau remains open. There have been flight cancellations and travelers should contact their airlines directly for any schedule changes.
  • Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) is closed.
  • Leonard Thompson International Airport (MHH) in Marsh Harbour, Abaco is closed.
  • All other airports throughout The Bahamas are open and operational. 

HOTELS

  • Hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island remain open.
  • Hotels in The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island are closed.
  • Reservation holders should contact properties directly for complete information.

FERRY, CRUISE AND PORTS

  • Nassau ports are open and operating on their normal schedule, although cruise line schedules may be altered.
  • Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Harbour is closed.
  • Bahamas Ferries have cancelled all sailings until further notice. Passengers seeking further information should call 242-323-2166.
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration remains closed and has cancelled September 3 and September 5 sailings.

For information on Bahamas Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, please visit www.bahamas.com/relief.

 

CTO Statement on Passage of Hurricane Dorian

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) expresses our deepest regret and sadness over the loss of life and damage done to the Abacos and Grand Bahama Island by dangerous category 5 hurricane Dorian.

In the wake of this monstrous storm, we have witnessed the pain of those who lost loved ones, the agony of so many who lost their homes and all their belongings, and the angst of an entire Caribbean concerned for the welfare of the people of these islands.

However, as has been demonstrated so many times in the past, we have weathered many storms, we are a resilient people who refuse to surrender even in the most difficult of times, and we are confident that the people of the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, with the full support of the Islands of the Bahamas and the Caribbean tourism family, will navigate the road to recovery together and emerge stronger.

With the Bahamas being an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays spread over 100,000 square miles, the greatest impact of Hurricane Dorian is being felt in the northernmost islands of the Abacos and Grand Bahama, while most of the nation has been mostly unaffected.

The CTO offers our full support to the Bahamas. We have activated our Hurricane Relief Fund which has been established to help our people and countries rebuild after disasters.

 

Help Caribbean Countries Affected by Hurricanes

DONATE TO THE CTO HURRICANE RELIEF FUND VIA GO FUNDME

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) collects donations through the CTO Relief Fund for relief efforts in any of our member countries affected by hurricanes and to assist other Caribbean countries affected by natural disasters.

Monies raised through this GoFundMe account will be sent directly to tourism officials in CTO member destinations affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The CTO appreciates all donations to assist in the recovery efforts of these countries.

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto

 

DONATE TO THE CTO HURRICANE RELIEF FUND VIA PAYPAL GIVING FUND

The CTO Hurricane Relief Fund has “501(c)(3)” status, which means it has been approved by the USA Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. You can make donations to the CTO Hurricane Relief Fund through Paypal Giving.

 

ASSIST EFFORTS IN THE COUNTRIES THROUGH CDEMA & THE NATIONAL DISASTER RELIEF AGENCIES

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) is a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The Agency was established in 1991 as CDERA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency) with primary responsibility for the coordination of emergency response and relief efforts to Participating States that require such assistance. It transitioned to CDEMA in 2009 to fully embrace the principles and practice of Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM).

(CDM) is an integrated and proactive approach to disaster management and seeks to reduce the risk and loss associated with natural and technological hazards and the effects of climate change to enhance regional sustainable development.

WHICH STATES ARE MEMBERS OF CDEMA?

All CARICOM and Non-CARICOM Member States of the Caribbean region are eligible for CDEMA membership.

CDEMA presently comprises eighteen (18) Participating States (PS): Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Republic of Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the Virgin Islands.

View a list of national disaster relief agencies and their contact information.

View list of various Caribbean relief support campaigns from business and agencies.