Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas sees 'unprecedented devastation'

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas sees 'unprecedented devastation'”

"Based on the most recent forecasts for Hurricane Dorian and in keeping with our longstanding commitment to safety, Walt Disney World Resort operating hours have been adjusted for Sep 3", Disney World tweeted. The Bahamas may get slammed through the night. With maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h and an essentially stationary movement on Monday evening, Hurricane Dorian will continue to bring extremely risky conditions to the Bahamas. "We are seeing photos, videos of people up to their waists in water in their homes, and the water is rising", Michels said.

The National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm to a Category 4 late Monday morning.

And it's expected to make its way to the southeast coast of the US.

Abaco resident Ramond A. King captured scenes of devastation in footage provided to AFP, showing flooded streets strewn with trees and downed power lines and at least one home washed clearly away.

It has weakened to an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 hurricane with 150 miles per hour winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in SC.

"It is scary", he said, adding that Grand Bahama's airport was 6 feet (almost 2 meters) underwater and that people were moving shelters as floodwaters kept surging. That equalled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named.

By 10 a.m. on Monday, Dorian was sitting over Grand Bahama Islands, causing "extremely risky winds and surge", according to the National Hurricane Centre.

The International Red Cross said that initial assessments showed Hurricane Dorian had caused "extensive damage".

"But, I chose to live here so I might as well live with it, you know".

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes. The center says by late Tuesday, a weakness in a ridge becomes more pronounced and Dorian should turn northwestward near the east coast of Florida.

A man gets off the beach during a pouring rain while there are mandatory evacuation orders for parts of Palm Beach County in Lantana Beach, Florida on September 1, 2019.

Palm Beach County, the state's third most-populated county and home to President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, was among those with partial mandatory evacuations.

Evacuations have begun in Florida, with residents urged by Governor Ron DeSantis to heed all warnings. Homes are required to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for those who can afford it. Risks are higher in poorer neighborhoods that have wooden homes in low-lying areas. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.

The Orlando Melbourne International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport suspended commercial flights and closed terminals at noon Monday. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch. "I think it will be more of the same", she said.

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