Former House Rep. Lynn Gattis and her husband Rick are building a vacation home in the Bahamas on Abaco Island at Marsh Harbour. Tonight they were securing their building materials with ratchet straps as Hurricane Dorian muscles its way toward the eastern shore of Florida.
The northern islands in the Bahamas, where Abaco is located, are in the path of Dorian, which has sustained winds that increased to 85 mph as of Wednesday night. The National Hurricane Center says it is moving at 13 mph toward open waters of the southern Atlantic, where it is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane as it approaches the island where the Gattises are hunkered down.
Gattis said the island is no more than 9 feet above sea level and storm surge is expected to be as much as 11 feet, so she expects things to get sloppy. She reported that boats and ships are pulling into harbor and being cabled into position in advance of the storm. As for her and Rick, they already made their grocery run and have their provisions to ride out the storm.
Accuweather says “interests north and east of the Bahamas should prepare for hurricane conditions. Some of the far northern islands of the Bahamas will be significantly impacted while the majority of the others will get barely a breeze and a little rain.”
Gattis, who has served on the school board in the Mat-Su Valley and as a Wasilla legislator, said she plans to post photos and video on her Facebook page to the extent possible. Follow her at: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.gattis .
The hay farmer from Wasilla ran in 2016 for the Senate Seat D vacated by Charlie Huggins, but she lost the primary to now-Sen. David Wilson. The vacancy she left in House District 7 is now filled by Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard.