Hurricane Dorian threatens the US

Hurricane Dorian threatens the US”

At the time, the storm had been stalled over Grand Bahama Island and its neighbors for a full day. Many buildings that had not been flattened had walls or roofs partly ripped away.

Despite a shift in Hurricane Dorian's predicted path that moved the cone of concern off the Jacksonville coast and the storm losing some strength, the threat of damaging winds and storm surge remains very real.

Hurricane Dorian is still lashing the east coast of central Florida, its 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds maintaining its category 2 storm designation as it starts moving north-northwest, the National Hurricane Center reported in its 11 p.m. advisory.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco.

Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea, located behind the brush at top, seen from the balcony of a hotel in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019. Another showed residents trying to swim from one home to another through the surge. At least two designated storm shelters were flooded.

The Abaco Islands are home to about 17,000 people. "Some people didn't make it". The first aerial pictures have now emerged of the destruction on the Abaco Islands.

To the south, the Bahamas' most populous island, New Providence, which includes the capital city, Nassau, and has over 250,000 people, and suffered little damage.

"We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside, the music is playing in all directions of the house and the AC is blowing for them", she wrote on Facebook. "Relief and rapid assessment teams are standing by and will be deployed to Abaco and Grand Bahama as soon as possible".

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown on President Trump and the government's handling of Hurricane Dorian and explains why the storm is stuck. Hurricane-force winds had expanded to 60 miles (95 km) from the storm's core.

"Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days", the NHS said. On the other hand, the Bahamas have been devastated. A few private aid groups also tried to reach the battered islands in the northern Bahamas.

"I think I can speak for every Bahamian that's overseas when I say just everyone feels helpless and filled with anxiety, because you know how to prep for a hurricane... and you kind of just skipped all those steps and you're just waiting - just waiting, trying to get any news that you possibly can from friends and family".

Minnis said many homes and buildings were severely damaged or destroyed, but it was too early to say how much the rebuilding effort would cost. The preliminary estimates were based on an assessment by representatives from Caribbean countries, the WFP and other organizations. "Get out", said U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo. United Nations humanitarian teams stood ready to go into the stricken areas to help assess damage and the country's needs, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. Authorities expect Hurricane Dorian to come "dangerously close" to Florida where evacuation orders are in place, along with South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

The governors of Georgia and SC had ordered evacuations of some coastal counties. Tropical storm watches are in effect for eight counties, as well parts of Florida and SC.

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