Seven-year-old Lachino Mcintosh became the first victim of the hurricane when he drowned near his family’s home in Abaco, according to Bahamas Press.
The boy is reported to have lost his life while his family was trying to find shelter. Mcintosh’s sister, whose age is unknown, is also reported to be missing.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis later announced five deaths have been confirmed in Abaco.
It comes as the Bahamian government also said there had been reports of “bodies floating” in the wreckage.
“From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage to Abaco. We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves,” Darren Henfield, the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs, said.
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.
Dorian, which weakened slightly from a Category 5 to a Category 4 hurricane, continued to bring “extreme destruction” to the Bahamas as the storm moved over the islands, moving westwards at just 1km/h.
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) September 2, 2019
The National Hurricane Center said Dorian is expected to move “dangerously close” to the Florida east coast late on Monday through to Wednesday evening and then move north to coastal Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday (local time).
Dorian crawled to a near stop as a Category 4 storm with 250km/h winds in the Bahamas and was about 180km east of West Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday at 11am local time (1am AEST).
‘WE SIMPLY CANNOT GET TO YOU’
Meanwhile, authorities in the Bahamas urged people to find floating devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary as Dorian unleashed massive flooding across Grand Bahama island.
Minister of State Kwasi Thompson told ZNS Bahamas radio station that officials were getting a tremendous number of calls from people in distress as the powerful Category 4 storm slowed to almost a standstill.
Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and said rescue crews could not help anyone at the moment because of the storm’s maximum sustained winds of 250km/h.
“We simply cannot get to you,” he said.
Dorian is also expected to cause a storm surge of up to seven metres as ZNS radio station shared reports from callers saying some people were stuck on roofs and other areas.
US BRACES FOR DORIAN HIT
It comes as coastal Floridians, Georgians and Carolinians headed for higher ground on Monday as Dorian trudged toward the US’ southeast coast.
“The window to prepare is closing,” tweeted Peter Gaynor, acting director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“If you are on Florida’s east coast, finish preparing & evacuate if local officials tell you to. Don’t tough it out — get out!”
— 👽Nag Dem & Bag Dem👽 (@NaggyTv) September 2, 2019
FEMA encouraged those on the coast to expect extreme winds, and to evacuate if instructed.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for coastal communities in 10 Florida counties comprising nearly all of the state’s Atlantic coast.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered his state’s entire coastline to evacuate.
The order affected some 830,000 people.
As of Monday 12pm (2am AEST) the storm was located 40km northeast of Freeport and 168km east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dorian was spiralling west north west, meaning steadily towards Florida’s peninsula.
The hurricane’s wrath had already started to impact the Florida coast with huge waves, storm surges, and harsh winds.
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) September 1, 2019
As the hurricane headed for the US, airports were shut and US President Donald Trump declared an emergency in two states.
Palm Beach International Airport is closed and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was scheduled to close too. They are two of the three major airports serving South Florida.
More than 1200 Monday flights within, to and from the US had been cancelled by late Monday afternoon, with Fort Lauderdale in Florida the most impacted airport, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.
FlightAware also showed more than 900 flight cancellations for Tuesday within, to and from the US.
Miami International Airport remained open but warned travellers that it was expecting higher than normal traffic and to arrive early for their flights.
Canadians are thinking of all those in the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian’s destruction. We’re ready to provide support if needed. And I urge everyone still in the storm’s path to stay safe & follow instructions from local authorities. https://t.co/PgHX62Tr3B
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 2, 2019
Cruise ship itineraries are also impacted.
Carnival Cruise Line has adjusted itineraries for numerous ships leaving out of Jacksonville, Port Canaveral and Charleston in preparation for Hurricane Dorian.
Mr Trump approved emergency declarations for the states of Georgia and South Carolina because of Dorian, the White House announced.
The declarations authorise the Federal Emergency Management Agency to co-ordinate disaster relief efforts.
Mr Trump was briefed on the hurricane during a visit to Fema headquarters in Washington on Sunday.
The president urged everyone in Dorian’s path to obey warnings and evacuation orders issued by local authorities, saying public safety “must always come first”.
#HurricaneDorian brings storm surge, flooding to Bahamas. Category 5 storm’s strength at landfall ties record set in 1935, forecasters say. #Florida, a handful of miles might make a huge difference » https://t.co/owsbFVOSBC https://t.co/cCElc46Gsa pic.twitter.com/pwlkTPCL5d
— KSLA News 12 (@KSLA) September 1, 2019
‘NOT ONE TO PLAY WITH’
Meanwhile, Georgia’s governor is urging coastal residents to flee ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm’s powerful winds and uncertain path.
“This is not one to play with,” Governor Brian Kemp told reporters in Savannah.
It was Gov. Kemp’s first press conference since late on Sunday when he ordered mandatory evacuations in all six counties that make up Georgia’s 161km coastline.
Gov. Kemp said those living on Georgia’s barrier islands especially ought to flee, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways are underwater or blocked by debris.
Georgia officials plan to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route on Tuesday (local time).
The state Department of Transportation is asking motorists to consider alternate routes in anticipation of additional evacuation traffic from Florida and South Carolina.
A mother and her four-month old baby were trapped in an apartment by floodwaters in the Abaco Islands.
In a video posted online, she repeatedly says “Please pray for us” as the water rises around her.
Local radio reported that people were calling for help after winds blew the roof off the Island Breezes Hotel in Marsh Harbour, a commercial hub in the Abacos.
Many Abacos residents were reported to have opted to ride out the hurricane rather than heed government warnings to evacuate.
I’ve been working on a show out in the Bahamas, and they are being just ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. I don’t think there is a lot of coverage in the local media of the damage that is happening here, because we will mainly here about Florida. pic.twitter.com/PkVedZue2C
— AndreaCudaCine (@AndreaCudaCine) September 1, 2019
But the Abacos has been devastated! It’s is almost all under water, and Grand Bahamas is about to get the exact same treatment. pic.twitter.com/WeUxoKqO89
— AndreaCudaCine (@AndreaCudaCine) September 1, 2019
The Nassau Guardian quoted local resident Troy Albury as saying 150 people stayed behind in Guana Cay, in the centre of the Abacos, to face the storm’s fury.
Only eight left on the last ferry out, he said.
Extreme devastation in the #Bahamas after #HurricaneDorian. (🎥 via Latrae Rahming, former press aide for Bahamas’ Prime Minister Christie.) #PrayForTheBahamas #prayforbahamas pic.twitter.com/qNWRLlkbuO
— Emerald Morrow (@EmeraldMorrow) September 1, 2019
Earlier, tourists were sent to government shelters in schools, churches and other buildings offering protection from the storm while residents were evacuating.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis broke down in tears as he addressed a news conference, calling it “probably the most sad and worst day of my life,” the Nassau Guardian reported.
“We’re facing a hurricane … one that we’ve never seen in the history of the Bahamas,” he said.
Abaco Island, The Bahamas 🇧🇸. Lets keep the prayers up for the people still on the island. pic.twitter.com/v8peJLhhHf
— Andrew Rodgers (@AnjuxR) September 1, 2019
Cameras outside the space station captured these views of rapidly intensifying #HurricaneDorian at 12:18pm ET on August 30 as it churned over the Atlantic Ocean. For more on NASA’s coverage of #Dorian, visit: https://t.co/Si2ENfjBN0. pic.twitter.com/llcY8mXakw
— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 30, 2019
- Alberto Subtropical Storm Claimed Lives of Two in North Carolina
- French floods claim another victim
- Do blue sharks attack humans, how dangerous are they and are they in British waters?
- Subtropical Storm Alberto makes landfall on Laguna Beach, Florida -- live updates
- Storm Chris is upgraded to a hurricane as it is set to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK
- Storm Chris is upgraded to a hurricane as it threatens to bring heavy rain and gales to the UK
- Revealed: How lizards clung on for dear life in 170mph hurricane and ensured the future of their species
- Storm Alberto makes landfall in Florida and ‘claims first victims’ as two reporters killed instantly when tree fell on their van
- Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases after hurricane Maria
- Storm Chris threatens to end Lancashire’s heatwave and bring wind and rain to Britain
- Storm Chris threatens to end Wigan heatwave and bring wind and rain to Britain
- Storm Chris threatens to end heatwave with heavy rain and gales possible
Hurricane Dorian: Storm claims lives, bodies ‘floating in the water’ have 1865 words, post on www.news.com.au at September 3, 2019. This is cached page on VietNam Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.