Hurricane Dorian Hits the Bahamas, Heads for the States

James Marshall
September 11, 2019

"Luckily, no loss of life reported".

Dorian is the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began and will later move "dangerously close" to the U.S. east coast, according to forecasters. That equaled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. From there, Dorian is predicted to shift northward, inching perilously near the coasts of Georgia and SC on Wednesday night into Thursday.

Donald Rolle, an island administrator for southern Abaco, described the northern and central part of Abaco as "sheer devastation".

"This looks like it could be larger than all of them", Trump said during a briefing with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Only Hurricane Allen in 1980 matched the sustained winds, but did not make landfall at that strength.

Bahamians woke up Monday to 165 miles per hour winds, life-threatening rains and 15 to 23 feet storm surges that left homes and roads under water from Grand Bahama to New Providence, where residents in the capital of Nassau were trying to escape rising water amid an island-wide power blackout.

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. "There will be considerable impacts and damage to coastal areas, with at least some effects felt inland as well!" "We have reports of bodies being seen", he said.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in all or parts of six coastal counties also effective at noon on Monday. Other counties announced voluntary evacuations.

Dorian first came ashore Sunday at Elbow Cay in Abaco island at 12:40 p.m. ET, then made a second landfall near Marsh Harbour at 2 p.m.

Earlier in the day storm surge was predicted to be as high as 23 feet above normal tide levels. One showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at almost the height of a auto roof.

"We simply can not get to you", he told Bahamas radio station ZNS, which shared reports from callers who said some people were stuck on roofs and in attics. As TIME has previously reported, "a Category 4 hurricane will blow out most windows on high-rise buildings, uproot most trees and will likely down many power lines".

Hurricane Dorian has inflicted "catastrophic damage" on several islands in the Bahamas, the Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue said in a statement on Facebook.

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

But Dorian remained a unsafe Category 4 storm, the center said. It is now 145 miles away from West Palm Beach.

According to a Monday morning advisory from the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida's east-central coast may see a "brief tornado" sometime between Monday afternoon and Monday night. A storm surge watch was extended northward along the Georgia coast to the Savannah River.

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.

Ken Graham, director of the hurricane centre, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast track had the storm a bit offshore.

The current forecast predicts a close shave and near-miss for Florida. A state of emergency has also been declared.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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