The Bahamas continues to monitor Hurricane Isabel, the centre of which at mid day Sunday was located near latitude 23.7 north and longitude 66.3 west, about 370 miles east north east of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Hurricane is moving toward the west north west, a path it is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. The long-range forecast places Isabel farther north than previously thought, with the hurricane now projected to make landfall Friday morning somewhere along the Mid-Atlantic coast.

Industry sources indicate that disaster preparedness measures have been and remain in place. Historically, The Bahamas has been able to weather hurricanes, even of this strength, with minimum recovery delays, and virtually no impact on its international business services.

No major impact is expected from Hurricane Isabel as it passes to the east of the islands.