Video: Runway at Grand Bahama International Airport is Under Six Feet of Churning Sea Water
Video shows the power of Hurricane Dorian, as storm is parked over northern Bahamas
September 4, 2019
A member of parliament in the Bahamas has released a video from the passenger airport at Grand Bahama International Airport. It shows the runway under six or so feet of churning sea water, as Hurricane Dorian is parked above the islands.
A video shot by a member of Bahamian Parliament, Iram Lewis, of the Freeport International Airport on Grand Bahama Island, shows the Freeport airport under water.
Grand Bahama International Airport is a privately owned international airport in Freeport, Bahamas. It's about 8 tenths of a mile from the Atlantic ocean, and at an elevation of 8 feet. Well, normally it is.
Residents say the main road across the Grand Bahama island has a 25'-30' elevation. There is some isolated, higher terrain on the southern coast that has an elevation of 64', these relative to sea level. Freeport Airport is under 5' of water & the eyewall hasn't arrived.
The airport is a joint venture between Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) and The Port Group (or the Grand Bahama Port Authority). The facility also includes 741 acres (300 ha) of land that adjoins it to the Freeport Harbour Company Limited as they operate as one entity, known as the Sea Air Business Centre (SABC).
As of 2:00 p.m. EDT (18:00 UTC) September 2, Major Hurricane Dorian is located within 10 nautical miles of 26.8°N 78.4°W, about 25 mi (40 km) northeast of Freeport, Bahamas and about 105 mi (170 km) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are 130 kn (150 mph; 240 km/h), with gusts to 160 kn (185 mph; 295 km/h). The minimum barometric pressure is 938 mbar (27.70 inHg), and the system is moving west at 1 kn (1 mph; 2 km/h). Hurricane-force winds extend up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center of Dorian, and tropical storm-force winds up to 140 miles (220 km) from the center.