Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

About 13,000 houses damaged in Bahamas Hurricane: Red Cross

About 13,000 houses damaged in Bahamas Hurricane: Red Cross

Hurricane Dorian has continued to batter the Bahamas, peeling off roofs and snapping power lines, with forecasters predicting the storm will creep closer to the USA coast, where more than a million people were ordered to evacuate.

And you're sitting in the dark, and if you're someplace low - you know, we're seeing videos that people are sending via WhatsApp all around and some of them being forwarded on to us of people with water already in their homes.

"It's total devastation. It's decimated".

'Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye'.

Over and over, longtime residents said that they had never seen flooding so bad, and that places in their homes that had never flooded before were inundated.

"You can not tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins", Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, said. "No effort or resources will be held back". It could turn. We want it to turn, but what if it doesn't? "We went from nearly no water to 4 to 6 feet in a matter of minutes".

Practically parking over a portion of the Bahamas for a day and a half, Dorian pounded the northern Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama with winds up to 185 miles per hour (295 kph) and torrential rain before finally moving into open waters Tuesday on a course for Florida.

It is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge and devastating winds in the USA starting as early as Tuesday. Like much of Florida's Atlantic coast, the city of about 170,000 people is under a hurricane warning.

"The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late tonight through Wednesday evening", the National Hurricane Center said in its advisory.

"Don't tough it out".

Tuesday afternoon, when the trough begins to build south, that is when Dorian should start to pick up speed and swing up the Florida coast.

Some 13,000 houses are feared damaged or destroyed, according to the International Red Cross. "Me and my baby, everyone that stay in this apartment building, we stuck right here", the woman says, as the rapid water flows over cars below her. There's boats way inland that are flipped over.

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The company claim employees are safe and they are in touch with them hourly, but they have not said how many of their staff remained on the 1000-acre island.

Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, with a combined population of about 70,000, are known for their marinas, golf courses and all-inclusive resorts.

Hubert Minnis confirmed the deaths at a Monday night press conference, citing the Bahamas Royal Police Force.

The water reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.

"We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground", Health Minister Duane Sands said. "We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited". The northern Bahamas continue to be pummeled.

"People are getting impatient with this", McNoldy said.

Based on the storm's projected path as of 8 a.m. Monday, Georgia and SC will fare the worst, with 100 percent of their beaches facing some level of dune erosion. It was moving northwest at 6 miles per hour (7 kph).

Winds gusting up to 200 miles per hour (320 kph) destroyed or damaged more than 13,000 homes, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

Sand pours onto a road near the beach during the approach of Hurricane Dorian on September 1, 2019 in Nassau, Bahamas.

He said he feared for one shanty town area that houses about 1,500 people.

Dorian was downgraded to Category 3 early Tuesday, while stationary over the Bahamas.

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