Second strongest Atlantic hurricane “Dorian” slams Bahamas, now heads for The United States

The most powerful Hurricane hit the Bahamas breaking all records that were ever documented. The storm tore off roofs and brought severe flooding.

The category five – Dorian – the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record was backed by wind speeds of 270 km/hr causing the sea to surge by up to 7 meters.

The first known fatality reported was of a 7 year old boy named Chino who drowned in the flood waters. The Red Cross fears that 13,000 homes may have been damaged or destroyed.

The hurricane is moving slowly west, towards the east coast of U.S.

States such as Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared emergency.

The storm who earlier made landfall in Abaco islands moved towards Grand Bahamas, north of the Bahamas archipelago. Grand Bahama, which has a population of 50,000 people is only 100 km east of West Palm Beach in Florida.

Dorian is travelling west at a speed of 2km/hr.

Due to power cuts and limited internet access, the scale of the damage remains limited. However, a video and tweets posted by Latrae Rahming, a former aide to ex-PM Perry Christie, showed severe damage on the Abaco Islands.

The Grand Bahama International Airport is said to be under water.

The Prime Minister Hubert Minister announced an evacuation order for parts of Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. He also asked all tourists to leave. The government has opened 14 shelters and named several schools and churches as emergency shelters.

Meanwhile, the United States have activated 2,000 National Guard troops, and placed another 2,000 on standby to help with rescue and relief. The storm is expected to hit Florida between Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Source : Various