8-year-old boy killed as Hurricane Dorian hits Bahamas

11 Septembre, 2019, 08:33 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The latest forecasted track for Hurricane Dorian as of 11 a.m. ET on Monday Sept. 2

Anastacia Makey, 43, far right, looks at her phone as she and her family sits on cots with other residents inside a church that was opened up as a shelter as they wait out Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Radar imagery shows Hurricane Dorian making landfall on Grand Bahama, the northernmost island in the archipelago, as a Category 5 storm.

Some Facebook groups began appearing with users posting regular updates about the storm and information regarding the whereabouts and safety of local residents.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as Dorian covered the north-western islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

The beast of a storm has weakened slightly and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour ( 250 km/h), according to an 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The good news is with the center of Dorian expected to remain offshore the highest winds and rainfall should stay out over the Atlantic.

Speaking from an emergency call center in the city of Freeport, Don Cornish, the disaster manager for Grand Bahama said the storm sounds "like a freight train is passing", adding that there is flying debris and intensifying rain.

Dorian is the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began and will later move "dangerously close" to the USA east coast, according to forecasters.

The storm's top sustained winds decreased slightly to 265 km/h as its westward movement slowed, crawling along Grand Bahama island early Monday at 1.6 km/h in what forecasters said would be a daylong assault.

Hurricane Dorian has continued to batter the Bahamas, peeling off roofs and snapping power lines, with forecasters predicting the storm will creep closer to the U.S. coast, where more than a million people were ordered to evacuate.

Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas Sunday night, unleashing ferocious winds and rain, destroying buildings and killing a 7-year-old boy.

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"We can not confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves", Henfield said.

"There are many hard days, weeks, and months ahead of us as a people and as a country", the prime minister said. "I ask for your prayers for those in affected areas and for our first responders". "It cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of the extremely unsafe hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast", an NHC forecaster warned in a Monday briefing.

The mandatory evacuations are in effect for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties beginning Monday at noon.

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

Disney noted that Castaway Cay is located 45 miles south of the most significant portion of the storm.

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes.

Florida is expected to face the worst of Hurricane Dorian from mid-Tuesday into Wednesday.

The hurricane center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to Altamaha Sound in Georgia. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.

But despite the damage, Henfield told ZNS that the citizens of the Bahamas and its government are "holding strong". Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch. It is unclear how many residents ignored evacuation orders and pleas from officials to leave low-lying areas.

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