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Rum Cay shelters not hurricane ready; Davis to help



Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis, the Member of Parliament for Rum Cay, has committed to assisting residents on that southern Bahamian island with completing a building they say will prove necessary should a hurricane threaten to impact the island this year.

Rum Cay residents are echoing the cries of Grand Bahamians and others throughout the islands that they are not hurricane season-ready. Needed repairs to established shelters on the island have yet to be made with the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season already well underway. Those residents continue to urge the government to make those repairs at the local school, clinic and Church, but in the absence of those repairs being made in time, they say the newly-built community center could prove a quicker fix for them.

The structure is still under construction and in need of additional materials to ensure its completion. With just two months or so to go before the season intensifies, as opposed to waiting on the government to repair their existing shelters, Rum Cay residents feel a little help from Davis could go a long way in ensuring they have some protection from a raging storm.

Davis told those residents during a recent visit to the island, that he intends to assist them where he can and has quickly made the necessary contacts to get the needed building supplies to them.

Forecasters are calling for another very active hurricane season with a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms, with winds of 39 mph or higher, of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 of them becoming major hurricanes at category 3, 4 or 5 strength and winds of 111 mph or higher. Six storms of tropical storm strength have already formed for the season, three of them formed before the season officially started.

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