Hurricane Dorian keeps pounding north Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian keeps pounding north Bahamas

As of 5 a.m. (0900 GMT), Dorian was stalled over the Grand Bahama Island barely drifting westward at 1 miles per hour, according to the NHC.

Hurricane Dorian smashed into the Caribbean islands of Bahamas on Sunday, causing severe flooding and torn roofs from buildings.

Forecasters said Dorian was likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas and curving to the northeast parallel to the southeastern coast of the US.

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

Despite the downgrade to a Category 4, Hurricane Dorian remains extremely risky.

Speaking from an emergency call center in the city of Freeport, Don Cornish, the disaster manager for Grand Bahama said the storm sounds "like a freight train is passing", adding that there is flying debris and intensifying rain.

With a sustained wind force of 297 km/h and gusts of wind up to 354 km/h, Dorian equaled the record of the most powerful Atlantic Labor Day hurricane ever to come ashore in 1935.

The storm's top sustained winds decreased slightly to 265 km/h as its westward movement slowed, crawling along Grand Bahama island early Monday at 1.6 km/h in what forecasters said would be a daylong assault.

Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

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He told reporters on Sunday that the storm "looks monstrous" and the U.S. east coast would "be ultimately impacted and some of it very, very severely".

"You can not tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins", Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, said. "Please pray for us".

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to the Georgia state line.

"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. Other counties announced voluntary evacuations. Most people went to shelters as the storm approached, with tourist hotels shutting down and residents boarded up their homes. She has since deleted her account but not before writing in another tweet: "Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane?"

Overwash - which happens when waves and surge reach higher than the top of existing dunes, carrying away large amounts of land - is now predicted for 28 percent of all beaches from Florida to North Carolina.

The Bahamas archipelago is no stranger to hurricanes. As of noon E.T., its eye was located about 25 miles east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Fla. A storm surge watch was extended northward along the Georgia coast to the Savannah River.

Minnis said on Monday that a parts Grand Bahama, another island, "is under three feet of water, including the ground floor of its hospital and the prime minister's office", according to The Times. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

A National Guard official, John Anderson, said many people were complying with the evacuation orders.

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