Bahamas: a scene of ‘total devastation’ after Hurricane Dorian hits the archipelago

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Hurricane Dorian ripped across the Bahamas midday Sunday leaving scenes of devastation in its path, according to officials who call it a historically powerful hurricane.
  • A 25-year-resident of Great Abaco described Dorian’s direct hit as “total devastation,” saying she’s “lucky to have half a house.”
  • According to forecast, Dorian would move toward Grand Bahama overnight and Florida’s east coast late Monday.



Hurricane Dorian ripped across the Bahamas midday Sunday leaving scenes of devastation in its path, according to officials who call it a historically powerful hurricane.

On early Sunday afternoon, when Dorian made landfall on Great Abaco Island, east of Miami, it had maximum sustained winds of 185 mph. The National Hurricane Center said that is an Atlantic hurricane record matched only by a storm that hit the Florida Keys in 1935.

Leigh Lamattina-Davis of Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco described Dorian’s direct hit as “total devastation.” She’s been a resident of the island for 25 years.

“I am lucky to have half a house,” she told NBC News in a text message. “My neighbors are demolished.”

Lamattina-Davis also said that power lines were down, car alarms were blaring and people were “wailing.”

She hoped that “a plane will come soon and get us outta here.”

More video clips were being posted on several social media platforms, appearing to match Lamattina-Davis’ description of the island. The videos show flipped cars, sparking electrical lines, battered homes and flooded roads.

One of the videos circulating online shows a family praying in a bathroom. Another video shows an entire neighborhood which appears to have been swallowed by water. NBC News has not verified if those videos were authentic.

The hurricane center issued a warning to the people on the island who were making the videos to take shelter immediately.

“Winds will increase rapidly and unpredictably after the eye passes,” the agency warned.

According to forecast, Dorian would move toward Grand Bahama overnight and Florida’s east coast late Monday.

 

Source: AOL.com

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