Hurricane Dorian kills five in Bahamas, US evacuates coast

Hurricane Dorian kills five in Bahamas, US evacuates coast”

Dorian slammed Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands Monday, with storm surges that rose 12 to 18 feet above normal tide. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarded up their homes.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm has started moving about 1 miles per hour (2 kph) Tuesday morning and its speed is expected to increase slightly later in the day.

Once Dorian moves away from Grand Bahama, it still takes its time to push up the east coast.

Researchers predict that more than 4.5 million people along Florida's mid- to southeastern coast could lose power, Florida Power and Light Co., said it had 16,000 employees and contractors assembled across the state ready to respond to outages. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. While this has been awful for the Bahamas, where the storm's pounding has been relentless, it may help spare Florida a bit, meteorologists said.

Here's a list of the counties, towns, cities and other communities under evacuation orders as Hurricane Dorian approaches the US east coast.

Growing up in the Bahamas, this wasn't the first hurricane he has seen, but he said Dorian seems to be the worst.

Duval County (Jacksonville) - Mandatory evacuation order issued for Zones A and B, as well as Huguenot and Hanna parks, at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah's 150,000 residents, also effective at noon on Monday, Kemp's office said on Twitter. "We are seeing photos, videos of people up to their waists in water in their homes, and the water is rising", Michels said.

Authorities in Florida ordered mandatory evacuations in some vulnerable coastal areas.

The Bahamas' Prime Minister Hubert Minnis addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 28, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters.

Empty passenger check in lanes are seen at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on September 2, 2019.

Dorian's arrival also coincided with the fourth anniversary of the opening of her animal refuge, The Voiceless Dogs of Nassau, Bahamas. Many beaches will be closed the next few days.

"Once the center of the circulation or even the outer periphery of the circulation moves over land, it is going to disrupt the environment that the tropical storm thrives on", Beasley said.

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes.

"We went through several hurricanes and we were there for Irma", said Kimberly Bush, who used to live in Florida. 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 neighbourhoods, with wooden homes in low-lying areas.

As of 11 a.m. ET, Dorian was moving westward at about 1 mph (2 km/h) and is situated some 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.

The government of Mexico has issued a tropical storm warning after the NOAA named a tropical cyclone expected to form later today over the southwestern gulf of Mexico.

Now as forecasters say Dorian might not just hit Florida, but the Carolinas and Georgia too, Bush says she is not surprised.

Ken Graham, director of the hurricane center, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast track had the storm a bit offshore.

U.S. President Donald Trump already declared a state of emergency and was briefed about what he called a "monstrous" storm.

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