Bahamians begin rescues as Dorian moves on toward United States coast

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 4, 2019

Only water could be seen in the video, with no hint that there's a runway under the floodwater.

The exact extent of the devastation in the Bahamas will not be clear until the storm has passed and rescue crews can get on the ground.

Rolle said she isn't sure where to even start rebuilding with so many still in need of lifesaving help. Its winds were down to a still-dangerous 110 miles per hour (175km/h).

NASA satellite imagery through Monday night showed some spots in the Bahamas had gotten as much as 35 inches (890mm) of rain, said private meteorologist Ryan Maue.

"We have barricaded the refuge and nobody is outside, the music is playing in all directions of the house and the AC is blowing for them", she wrote on Facebook.

Bahamian officials said they received a "tremendous" number of calls from people in flooded homes.

A woman on vacation in Calgary says she feels helpless watching Hurricane Dorian destroy her home in the Bahamas from 3,000 kilometres away.

The Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas may require food for 14,500 people and Grand Bahama for 45,700 people, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a statement.

More than two million people along the coast in Florida, Georgia and North and SC were warned to evacuate. FEMA has over 1,600 employees deployed or on the way to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and SC.

The storm was causing havoc for travellers on Florida's east coast, where some airports and petrol stations were closed. "Get out", said U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo.

It said on Twitter that reopening would depend on the progress of the storm. There's boats way inland that are flipped over.

The Red Cross authorised a $500,000 for the first wave of disaster relief, Cochrane said.

Hurricane Dorian came to a catastrophic daylong halt over the northwest Bahamas, flooding the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama with walls of water that lapped into the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and drowned the Grand Bahama airport under 6 feet of water.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco.

"We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited", he said.

Turkey on Wednesday expressed sadness over the deadly Hurricane Dorian, which hit the Bahamas earlier this week.

Volunteer rescuers have used jet skis and boats to reach some people as choppy floodwaters reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.

When the Abaco Islands were hit over the weekend, the wind speeds of 185mph (298km/h) equalled the fastest ever inflicted by the landfall of a hurricane, matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.

The sea has engulfed the Bahamas worldwide airport and the airport is now under 6 feet (2 meters) of water.

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