Sunday night, Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas, making landfill as a category five hurricane that battered over 13,000 residential homes and left five dead.
Two hundred twenty mile-per-hour winds in combination with torrential downpour and massive storm surges lasted for over 45 hours throughout parts of the islands, based on reports from the National Hurricane Center.
Bahamas Power and Light told authorities that the storm wiped out power to Nassau and the rest of New Providence, the country’s most populous island. The Bahamas hasn’t seen a hurricane as bad as this since since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane that matched Dorian’s wind surges at 185 miles per hour.
The New York Times reported that this was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the northwestern part of the archipelago — the Abaco Islands — leaving many referring to it as a “catastrophic hit.” Extensive other news outlets showed footage of many Bahamians suffering from Dorian’s damages. Video’s feature some people stranded on top of roofs and cars as at least 60 percent of Grand Bahamas Island remains underwater according to satellite images taken this morning from Satellite ICEYE.
This morning at 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center released an update downgrading Dorian to a category two hurricane. However, the destruction in the Bahamas is not over yet as forecasters predict the storm to continue to affect the northern parts of the Bahamas for the next several hours before it moves toward the east coast of Florida with projections to move north toward Georgia and the Carolina’s.
Although Dorian’s winds have decreased, the National Hurricane Center said Dorian’s combined winds, storm surges and flood hazards are nothing to ignore and people should plan accordingly, listen to local authorities, follow news updates and obey any necessary evacuations.
Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, released a statement Monday evening.
“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Minnid said. “Our focus is search, rescue and recovery. I ask for your prayers for those in affected areas and for our first responders.”