Hurricane Dorian became a category 5 and hit land in the Bahamas over the weekend. Yesterday Dorian hit Elbow Cay in the Abaco Islands at 12:40pm then hit land a second time near Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island at 2pm.
Winds were at 185 mph and “the second-strongest storm in the Atlantic Ocean since 1950.” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said of the storm, “you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins” and added it was “probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people.”
Luckily, as of about 11amET today, the storm has weakened slightly to a Category 4. The winds slowed to 165 mph and for the United States, “current warnings and watches stretch from Deerfield Beach, FL, north to the Georgia state line.” President Trump has already signed an emergency declaration for Georgia “which allows FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts there.”
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state’s entire coast. Soon after, Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, ordered a mandatory evacuation for the state’s Atlantic coast.
U.S. residents are urged to take the orders seriously. Unfortunately Bahamian officials said dozens of Bahamians ignored the evacuation orders, leading to the first death claimed by the storm, which was an 8-year-old boy who drowned. Dozens of videos are popping up all over social media like the one below from @Bahamaspress showing the devastation and pleading for help.
BP BREAKING| Serious Hurricane Damage in Abaco today as Dorian moves on land at 185mph… pic.twitter.com/JizKX6hHpe
— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 1, 2019