Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas

Pablo Tucker
September 11, 2019

Before that however, officials expected Dorian to "move dangerously close" to the east coast of Florida later Monday night through Wednesday evening. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm.

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas today, pummelling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

In Freeport, Dave Mackey recorded video showing water and floating debris surging around his house as the wind shrieked outside.

The Category 4 storm now is moving across Grand Bahama Island at just 1 miles per hour - and crews hoping to get a better assessment of the "catastrophic damage" reported in regions like the Abacos are still waiting for conditions to clear up, Foreign Minister Darren Henfield told state broadcaster ZNS.

Both chains are in the north of the Bahamas archipelago.

The hurricane also is adding chaos to already-hectic Labor Day travel.

It's since stalled in the Atlantic Ocean, hovering over The Bahamas at a mere 1 miles per hour while edging closer towards Florida's east coast, with no sign of turning in sight. "Please pray for us".

Hurricane Dorian, which has been upgraded to a category 5 hurricane, has caused "unprecedented" damage on the Abaco islands, the nation's leader has said. From there, Dorian is predicted to shift northward, inching perilously near the coasts of Georgia and SC on Wednesday night into Thursday.

The USGS bases its report by combining official forecasts by the National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models, then overlays its own data over the combined forecasts.

Don Cornish, the disaster manager for the northernmost island Grand Bahama, said it sounded like a "freight train is passing".

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy has been killed in The Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian continues to devastate islands in the archipelago.

Parts of Duval County, home to Jacksonville, one of Florida's two biggest cities, were under a mandatory evacuation. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighbourhoods that have wooden homes in low-lying areas.

Overwash - which happens when waves and surge reach higher than the top of existing dunes, carrying away large amounts of land - is now predicted for 28 percent of all beaches from Florida to North Carolina.

The Governors of Georgia and SC yesterday gave the order to evacuate the coasts of the American states before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

Minnis said on Monday that a parts Grand Bahama, another island, "is under three feet of water, including the ground floor of its hospital and the prime minister's office", according to The Times. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach and Lake Okeechobee.

"We are in the midst of a historic tragedy", he said, according to The New York Times.

Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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