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Bahamas Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 21, 2004

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to carefully consider travel to certain parts of The Bahamas at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Jeanne. The Government of the Bahamas has issued a hurricane warning for the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, the Inagua islands, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands. A hurricane watch has been issued for the central Bahamas, including Cat Island, the Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. This Travel Warning supersedes the Public Announcement of September 7, 2004. It expires October 7, 2004.

The U.S. Embassy does not have any plans to reduce its staff or curtail services provided by the Embassy in Nassau at this time.

If Hurricane Jeanne continues on its projected path, it could impact or disrupt services in much of The Bahamas by this weekend.

U.S. citizens are reminded that Freeport International Airport is operating on a restricted basis and that the DHS pre-clearance facility at Freeport Airport remains closed until further notice.

U.S. citizens in The Bahamas in areas of the country currently projected to be impacted by the storm are urged to take steps to assure their safety. U.S. citizens in these areas may wish to consider departing until the storm has passed. Flights from airports in impacted areas may be suspended when sustained winds reach unsafe operating velocities. If storm conditions continue to deteriorate and U.S. citizens are unable to depart The Bahamas, they are advised to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions.

Visitors to The Bahamas should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.

Americans living or traveling in The Bahamas are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Updated information on travel in The Bahamas may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for The Bahamas available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Nassau at (242) 322-1181, after hours (242) 328-2206. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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