Tropical storm Noel is beginning to pull off the northern Cuba coast and expected to track through the Central and Northern Bahamas early this afternoon and into tomorrow morning.

We expect to experience tropical storm force winds beginning Wednesday evening through to Thursday afternoon. The Bahamas has a very strong history of response to tropical weather systems due to the high standard of construction and the preparedness of our government agencies and utility companies.

It is anticipated that the International Airports, Government and corporate entities all will be re-opened on Friday, with business as usual.

Tropical storm Noel is not expected to reach hurricane status.