Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Florida residents taunt Hurricane Dorian with hilarious messages on boarded up windows

Florida residents taunt Hurricane Dorian with hilarious messages on boarded up windows

Airports were flooded and roads impassable after the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas in recorded history parked over Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, pounding them with winds up to 185 miles per hour (295 kph) and torrential rain before finally moving into open waters on August 3 on a course toward Florida.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Florida, Georgia and SC were ordered to evacuate before the storm rolls up the Eastern Seaboard, bringing the possibility of life-threatening storm-surge flooding even if the storm's heart stays offshore, as forecast.

Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Tuesday that at least five people died and 21 others were injured in Abaco as a result of the hurricane.

Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm in the northwest islands of the Bahamas on Sunday and came to a virtual halt, battering Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Glynn County school resource officer Mark Hooper, left, and school support staff member Sheree Armstrong, right, help Elizabeth Scales board a special needs bus at Lanier Plaza as hundreds of local residents evacuate the area under mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Brunswick, Ga.

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, in the strongest storm ever to hit the Bahamas.

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Only water could be seen in the video, with no hint that there's a runway under the floodwater.

The exact toll of the devastation in the Bahamas will not be clear until the storm passes and rescue crews can get on the ground.

At the time of writing, Hurricane Dorian has already caused significant damage in the 24 hours or so since reaching Grand Bahama.

The Abaco Islands are home to about 17,000 people. One radio station said it got more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a five-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising flood waters. At least two storm shelters flooded. Rescuers also used jet skis to reach some people as choppy, coffee-coloured floodwaters reached roofs and the tops of palm trees. But meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that even "a small deviation" in its projected track could take the storm towards land. It matched the Labor Day hurricane that struck Florida Gulf Coast in 1935, before storms were given names.

The governors of Georgia and SC also ordered mandatory evacuations Monday and Tuesday, and SC declared a state of emergency.

More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in the state, emergency management officials announced. "We know if you're stuck in an attic", she said.

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