Hurricane Dorian Damage Updates: Category 5 storm slams Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian
Source: National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian continues to slam the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. Dorian is now Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph.

Hurricane Dorian made a second landfall on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbour at 2 p.m. National Hurricane Center (NHC) tells residents in the Abacos to stay in their shelter until conditions subside.

Reports show battered houses, buildings submerged in floods, and wrecked roofs as well as power and water outages. Damages were also reported in Elbow Cay, Man-o-War, Marsh Harbour, and nearby areas.

Hurricane Dorian made a third landfall on the Grand Bahama Island at 11 p.m. moving West at 6 mph. NHC also warns residents on Grand Bahama Island to not go outside.

“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,” NHC said.

According to NHC, the storm surge and wind gusts will “cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours.”

Florida braces for Dorian

NHC also extends its warnings to Florida. The centre confirms Dorian was hovering on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island and about 135 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Storm Surge Warnings have been given for Lantana to the Volusia/Brevard County Line; North of Deerfield Beach to Lantana; and 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 and Jupiter Inlet to the Volusia/Brevard County Line.

Mandatory evacuation

NHC also issues a Hurricane Watch for Andros Island, North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet, and Volusia/Brevard County Line to the Mouth of the St. Mary’s River. A Tropical Storm Warning is declared for the North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet as well as North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach and Lake Okeechobee.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation order for communities east of Interstate 95 in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden Counties. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster also ordered mandatory evacuations across the state, and it covers the counties of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Horry and Jasper.