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What you should know about Hurricanes in the Bahamas


September 18, 2019

As you prepare to book your Bahamas Bonefishing vacation, there are a few things you should know. Particularly if you are concerned about hurricanes and visiting during hurricane season. Before we get in to our list, always know that your safety is our top priority when you book with Bonefish Drex. If at any point during your rental with us we begin to fear your safety, we will immediately contact you and assist you in staying safe. Now, let’s get in to what you need to know about hurricanes and hurricane season.

What is a hurricane? 
Hurricanes are tropical storms that form over the water - they are, in essence, tropical cyclones. Once winds of a tropical storm reach over 74 miles per hour, the storm becomes classified as a hurricane. Hurricanes are ranked from Category 1 - Category 5, with a Category 5 hurricane being the most severe. Official hurricane season starts on June 30, and will end on November 30. While that seems to take out a lot of your travel months - don’t worry! High-intensity hurricanes in the Bahamas are rare.

How will it impact the area? 
The impact a hurricane will have on an area is reliant largely on the Category. We’ve broken down the Categories, and what they can mean below: 
Category 1: These hurricanes will cause minor damage, and have winds ranging from 74-95 miles per hour. Category 1 hurricanes are nothing to worry about, and while you should stay safe on shore they aren’t cause for major concern.
Category 2: Hurricanes that reach 96-110 mph winds rank in Category 2, and can cause extensive damage. As an example, extensive damage can be defined as breaking windows and uprooting trees.
Category 3: The next level up, Category 3, can be devastating. This means the 111-129 mph winds can not only break windows, but doors as well. 
Category 4: Category 4 hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage, tearing off roofs and severely damaging the external structure of buildings and additional infrastructure. Category 4 hurricanes have winds reaching 130-156 mph.
Category 5: Rare, but not unheard of. Category 5 hurricanes have winds that reach over 157 mph and it can’t get any worse than this. Category 5 hurricanes can level cities and towns - this is extremely dangerous.

What’s this mean for me? 
As already stated, while you book a vacation and charter with us your safety is our top priority. For any hurricane, we want to ensure that you are on shore for the duration of the storm. For hurricanes ranking about Category 2, we will work with you to ensure your safety and arrange plans. 

Just remember, that when you visit the Bahamas you should be respectful of the local wildlife and nature - they can be unpredictable so stay safe! Now that you know more about the wildlife in the area, why not stop by and schedule a time to go on your bonefishing adventure? No matter what you are looking for, Bonefish Drex can help. Not only can we provide you with a charter rental, but we can give you the sightseeing tour you are looking for. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 242-356-0243. We look forward to seeing you in the upcoming months - the weather is gorgeous!