Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian damage pictures: First pictures as category 5 hurricane savages Bahamas | World | News


Hurricane Dorian is a slow, churning “catastrophic” category five hurricane. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has issued widespread watches and warnings and is forecasting devastating storm surge and immense winds. In the hard-hit Abaco Islands, an eight-year-old boy has been reported as the first fatally of the storm.

The exact nature of the devastation over the Bahamas is still unclear, and will emerge in the coming days.

Amid power cuts and internet blackouts, little information has emerged.

However, government officials said they had seen footage from Abaco of floodwaters the height of a car roof, and homes without roofs.

High winds and torrential rainfall have also struck Grand Bahama, with the eye due to hit imminently and residents warned not to move from their shelters.

READ MORE: Hurricane Dorian NOAA 2am update: ‘dangerously close’ to Florida

Residents posted footage showing floodwaters engulfing homes after high winds had struck and videos showing capsized boats floating in floodwaters filled with debris.

Joy Jibrilu, director-general of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, said on Sunday afternoon: “It’s devastating.

“There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure.”

Category five hurricanes are fairly rare, and are the most powerful storms on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

A storm will be classified as a category five if winds reach 157mph (252km/h) or above – the last report from the NHC, at 2am local time (6am UTC), showed Dorian packing maximum sustained winds of 175mph (280 km/h), with gusts over 200mph (321km/h).

Now, Dorian continues terrorising the Bahamas with the NHC reported the eye “crawling” over Grand Bahama Island.

The NHC said: “This is a life-threatening situation. 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.”

“Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today.”

The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

Here are all the NHC watches and warnings which remain in place:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:

  • Northwestern Bahamas excluding Andros Island
  • Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Andros Island
  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
  • Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
  • Lake Okeechobee

Residents should keep a close watch on the NHC updates, which you can find HERE.



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