Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas, a million evacuated along US east coast

NASA Image of Hurricane Dorian

NASA Image of Hurricane Dorian

US Air Force pilots known as hurricane hunters are flying regular reconnaissance missions into Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane early Sunday as it tore through the northern Bahamas.

"We can not confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves", Bahamian Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield said.

Abaco Buzz, a local travel website, has also been posting updates on the search for family and friends on its Facebook page.

Dorian has since weakened but is still considered a major Category 5 hurricane on the five-step Saffir Simpson wind scale with its 170mph winds.

The Grand Bahama International Airport and the Leonard Thompson International Airport have both been closed as a result of the extreme weather conditions.

Yesterday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 297 km/h, with gusts up to 354 km/h, tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall.

Copernicus' Sentinel Satellite captured some images of the hurricane early on Monday morning.

"Dorian remains an extremely strong hurricane that is forecast to be just east of Central Florida by early tomorrow morning as a Category 3 with winds at 125 miles per hour", said WOFL-Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King. From there, Dorian is predicted to shift northward, inching perilously near the coasts of Georgia and SC on Wednesday night into Thursday.

This story was reported from Cincinnati.

"We are in the midst of a historic tragedy", he said, according to The New York Times.

"We simply can not get to you", he told Bahamas radio station ZNS, which shared reports from callers who said some people were stuck on roofs and in attics. "Please pray for us". "It cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of the extremely risky hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast", an NHC forecaster warned in a Monday briefing.

A few hours later, Georgia's governor, Brian Kemp, ordered mandatory evacuations for that state's Atlantic coast, also starting this morning. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarded up their homes.

He says he expects this hurricane will "disrupt very much the quality of life" for many on the island.

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD boy has been killed in The Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian continues to devastate islands in the archipelago.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

The mandatory evacuations are in effect for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties beginning Monday at noon.

'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'.

DeSantis says the storm has "basically stalled out" a little more than 100 miles east of the Florida city of West Palm Beach, a situation he admits is "frustrating" to many Floridians.

"The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening", it added, where a number of hurricane warnings and watches remain in effect. A storm surge watch was extended northward along the Georgia coast to the Savannah River.

"We don't know where it's going to hit but we have an idea, probably a little bit different than the original course", Trump said.

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