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BAHAMAS - No fatalities, serious injuries reported after tornado

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said no one was killed or seriously injured after a tornado passed through here last week, causing widespread damage.

"We are thankful to God that there were no fatalities or injuries during the passage of that severe weather system," said NEMA director, Captain Stephen Russell, who led an assessment team to the area on Monday.

An official statement said that the team discovered that four properties were "clearly impacted" by the severe weather system, which passed through the islands of Bimini, Grand Bahama, Abaco and adjacent waters last Thursday.

The Met Department had issued a warning of a thunderstorm, which can cause strong gusty winds, dangerous lightning, heavy downpour and possible tornadic activity.

The statement said 12 people had to be temporarily relocated, and the tornado had tossed a 4,000-gallon fuel tank about 500 feet away from its original location.