Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Dorian triggers massive flooding in Bahamas; at least 5 dead

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Sand pours onto a road near the beach during the approach of Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas.

US Air Force pilots known as hurricane hunters are flying regular reconnaissance missions into Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane early Sunday as it tore through the northern Bahamas.

A vehicle returns to the capital under the previous rain before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday Sept. 1, 2019.

Abaco Buzz, a local travel website, has also been posting updates on the search for family and friends on its Facebook page.

Despite the downgrade to a Category 4, Hurricane Dorian remains extremely unsafe.

Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport was under 1.5 metres of water, according to the Bahamas Press.

The National Hurricane Centre on Sunday said it recorded maximum sustained wind speeds of 185 miles per hour as the eye made landfall on the Abaco Islands, tying Dorian for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record.

And since Dorian is barely moving, the storm could dump a total of 24 to 30 inches of rain on northwestern parts of the Bahamas, the hurricane center said.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.

Cornish says the emergency center has received reports about people trying to get out in these conditions because of the level of water in their homes.

"You can not tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins", Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, said.

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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. She has since deleted her account but not before writing in another tweet: "Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane?"

That White House announcement came hours before a mandatory evacuation went into effect for several counties in Georgia east of Interstate 95.

As the current forecast stands, Central Florida will feel impacts on Tuesday and Wednesday, with South Florida potentially seeing impacts as early as this afternoon.

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

"Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye".

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes.

As a reminder, tolls have also been suspended to help ease congestion with evacuees leaving the southeast coast of Florida ahead of Hurricane Dorian. As of noon E.T., its eye was located about 25 miles east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.

"We are holding strong".

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.

A National Guard official, John Anderson, said many people were complying with the evacuation orders.

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