Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Hurricane Dorian video: Family trapped in attic as waves batter home | World | News

is bearing down on Florida after devastating the Bahamas with the strong winds still impacting the islands. Horror footage has revealed the moment the Category 5 hurricane trapped a family in their attic. Huge waves were seen battering the roof of the building, with the massive storm surge and strong winds hitting the islands.

Video footage posted on social media has also shown a residents being battered by the massive waves and strong winds.

At least five people were killed in the Abaco Islands, in the northern Bahamas, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference on Monday.

Minnis said: “We are in the midst of a historic tragedy in parts of our northern Bahamas. Our mission and focus now is search, rescue and recovery.”

As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

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At its strongest, Hurricane Dorian reached staggering wind speeds of 185mph when it made landfall on the Abaco Islands.

The massive Atlantic storm was downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane on Monday as the storm is expected to drift towards the US.

The latest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report said that as of 2am AST (7am BST), Hurricane Dorian is currently stationary.

The advisory said: “Dorian is stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island. A slow northwestward motion is expected to occur early today.

“A turn toward the north-northwest is forecast by this evening, with a turn to the north forecast by Wednesday, followed by a turn to the northeast on Thursday. On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island today.

“The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday.

“Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Dorian is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.

“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 150 miles (240 km).

“Settlement Point, Grand Bahama, recently reported a sustained wind of 63 mph (102 km/h) with a gust to 89 mph (143 km/h), and Juno Beach Pier in northern Palm Beach County, Florida, recently reported a sustained wind of 49 mph (80 km/h) with a gust to 60 mph (96 km/h). The estimated minimum central pressure is 950 mb (28.05 inches).”

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Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, has warned about the potential incoming impacts of the ferocious storm.

He wrote on Twitter: “As we continue to monitor #Dorian, all Floridians should follow local reports and all evacuation orders.

“We are ready to deploy assets as needed and will continue to monitor traffic and fuel levels as more counties come under hurricane watches and warnings.”

He later added: “Search and rescue teams are continuing to work around the clock to stage resources and prepare for Hurricane Dorian. We thank the brave men and women keeping us safe before, during and after the storm.”

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