Hurricane Dorian: Deadly storm pounds relentlessly at Bahamas

Cheryl Sanders
September 4, 2019

FlightAware.com reported that that airlines had cancelled 1,361 flights within, into or out of the United States by Monday afternoon - vastly above an average day - with Fort Lauderdale International the most affected, and airlines had already cancelled 1,057 flights for Tuesday, many involving Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports.

Even if landfall does not occur, the system is likely to cause storm surge and severe flooding, the US National Hurricane Center said.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was among the initial first responders assisting people affected by the storm.

"PM Hubert Minnis claims the RBPF (Royal Bahamas Police Force) has confirmed five deaths, however, sources on the ground tell us bodies are being collected all across Abaco this afternoon", the publication writes. To the south, the Bahamas' most populous island, New Providence, which includes the capital city, Nassau, and has over a quarter-million people, suffered little damage.

The water reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.


On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 miles per hour (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall. He also said crews are trying to airlift between five and seven end-stage kidney failure patients from Abaco who haven't received dialysis since Friday.

As of 5pm EDT, Dorian was centred about 200 kilometres southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Dorian was located about 105 miles east of Fort Pierce, Florida, and moving in a northwesterly direction towards the Florida coast at a snail's pace of two mph, it said. Parliament member Iram Lewis said he feared waters would keep rising and stranded people would lose contact with officials as their cellphone batteries died. Royal Caribbean says it is "closely monitoring" Dorian, shortening and extending some ship itineraries where necessary, although the company said that "being onboard a ship is one of safest places to be during a storm".

A text message seen by AFP from a woman named Kendra Williams, who lives on Grand Bahama, said: "We are under water; we are up in the ceiling".

Dorian hit Abaco on Sunday with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts up to 220 miles per hour, a strength matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.


Scientists say that climate change generally has been fueling more powerful and wetter storms but that linking any specific hurricane to global warming would require more detailed study. Several large airports announced closings, and hundreds of flights were canceled. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in SC.

The NOAA is warning this risk will shift to immediate coastal Georgia and the coastal Carolinas on Wednesday into Thursday.

The runway can not be seen under metres of rain from the storm. He also planned to shroud his house in plastic wrap up to shoulder height and pile sandbags in front of the doors.

"If it comes, it comes".


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