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Nasty weather pounds The Bahamas

A citizen gestures in floodwaters after heavy rains battered the island chain yesterday.

A citizen gestures in floodwaters after heavy rains battered the island chain yesterday.

NASSAU — Thousands of New Providence residents were left bailing out their homes yesterday after record rainfall created widespread flooding, catching many people off guard.

The nasty weather pounded the island on Tuesday evening and into yesterday resulting in the closure of schools and some businesses.

Stalled-out vehicles littered the eastern and western portions of the island as the raging waters wreaked havoc.

Over on Paradise Island, the tunnel leading to Royal Towers was flooded by the thunderstorm.

Many businesses were also flooded.

Trevor Basden, senior deputy director at the Department of Meteorology, said 12.79 inches of rain were recorded at the Elizabeth Estates Police Station and 15.29 inches in the Camperdown area.

He added that on average 4.54 inches of rain fall in May.

The worst of the flooding was in eastern New Providence.

Abandon homes

Some residents said they had to abandon their homes Tuesday night.

Tow truck operator Donald Lloyd slept in his car with his son as bucket loads of rain water filled his Redland Acres home.

Lloyd said when he entered his house yesterday morning to survey the damage he was shocked by what he saw.

The water rose above his knees and nearly everything in his house was submerged beneath the dirty, oily water.

Lloyd, who installed a drain in his yard a little over a year ago to prevent flooding, said he has never seen so much rain settle in that area.

“I’ve been living here since I was about a year old,” he said. “It’s never been this bad.”

Lloyd said most of the appliances in his house were destroyed.

“My TV, my fridge, the bed and all of that is gone,” he said.

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology noted that the system that passed over the Northwest and Central Bahamas resulted in severe thunderstorms, strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning and waterspouts. (Nassau Guardian)

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