Published On: Wed, Sep 4th, 2019

Hurricane Dorian latest: Queen delivers heartbreaking message amid tragedy in Bahamas | World | News

As reported by The Guardian, the category five hurricane has left thousands of residents in Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands without shelter and at risk of food, water and medicine shortages. Though Nassau declared independence from Britain in 1973, three centuries after English settlement, the nation remains a Commonwealth realm meaning the Queen is still the monarch and head of state. The Queen’s message said: “At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed, and I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort.”

Iran Lewis, a Bahamian MP, said in a video message: “We are going to need a lot, a lot of support after this hurricane is over.”

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis added: “We are in the midst of a historic tragedy, the devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

Dorian took 36 hours to pass through Grand Bahama.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tweeted: “The Bahamas needs our help.”

While US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added: “Our prayers are with our Bahamian friends as they confront the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.”

Nassau’s national security minister Marvin Dames told reporters: “This was a crisis of epic proportions, the reality of it all is, unfortunately, we will see more deaths. I can’t see any way out of it.”

Lawson Bates of MedicCorps has flown over Abaco and said: “It looks completely flattened. There’s boats way inland that are flipped over. It’s total devastation.”

Red Cross spokesman Matthew Cochrane has said more than 45 percent of homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco have been severely damaged or destroyed with 62,000 people believed to have need clean drinking water.

READ MORE: Heathrow Airport: Miami flights cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian

The Hurricane is the fastest to strike the Americas, joint with the 185mph Labor Day hurricane of 1935.

There were 423 fatalities from this hurricane.

It affected The Bahamas and parts of the US.

It formed August 29 and dissipated September 10.

The Bahamas is under 500 miles from the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Local media say storm alerts for Turks and Caicos have since been discontinued.

Palm Beach county in Florida has seen gusts of up to 60mph.

According to the International Monetary Fund, The Bahamas has the third largest GDP per capita in the Americas behind Canada and the United States.

The economy benefits largely from tourism and financial services.

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