Bahamas suffer 'catastrophic damage' as Dorian pounds islands: offical

  • Bahamas suffer 'catastrophic damage' as Dorian pounds islands: offical

Bahamas suffer 'catastrophic damage' as Dorian pounds islands: offical

Anastacia Makey, 43, far right, looks at her phone as she and her family sits on cots with other residents inside a church that was opened up as a shelter as they wait out Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian smashed into the Caribbean islands of Bahamas on Sunday, causing severe flooding and torn roofs from buildings.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as the category five storm covered the northwestern islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

The maximum sustained winds around the eye reached 185 miles per hour, the Hurricane Center said.

Dorian is travelling west at just over 1mph (2km/h), says the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The Grand Bahama International Airport and the Leonard Thompson International Airport have both been closed as a result of the extreme weather conditions.

It's the most powerful storm to hit the country, and the second strongest Atlantic hurricane on record.

As Dorian moves north along the Florida coast it will weaken slowly but its winds will still be more than 110 miles per hour which will continue to pile up the water along the coast.

The second-strongest Atlantic storm on record was forecast to pound the archipelago through the day, then move slowly towards the eastern USA coast, where authorities ordered more than a million people evacuated in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia.

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"We have not seen much resistance at all", he said in a phone call with reporters.

She was listening, she said, to a replay of Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis' afternoon press conference and plea for Bahamians to evacuate. "Our thoughts continue to be with the people in areas of the Bahamas that are being impacted by this storm and we stand ready to contribute to recovery efforts".

The second-strongest Atlantic storm on record was forecast to pound the archipelago through the day, then move towards the east US coast - where authorities ordered more than a million people evacuated in Florida, South Carolina and Georgia.

The company claim employees are safe and they are in touch with them hourly, but they have not said how many of their staff remained on the 1000-acre island.

Parts of Duval County, home to Jacksonville, one of Florida's two biggest cities, were under a mandatory evacuation.

Most people went to shelters as the Category 5 storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarding up their homes.

The hurricane center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to Altamaha Sound in Georgia.

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

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

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Dorian is forecast to get to 64 to 80 kilometres off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 56 kilometres to the west.

Video that Jibrilu and government spokesperson Kevin Harris said was sent by Abaco residents showed homes missing parts of roofs, electric lines on the ground and smashed and overturned cars. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in SC.

"We can't make everybody happy, but we believe we can keep everyone alive", McMaster said. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged coastal residents to heed evacuation orders.