UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Hurricane Dorian moved into the United States on Wednesday after leaving seven people dead in the Bahamas, where residents spent “days of terror” over the massive hurricane, the prime minister said.
Aerial photographs showed the disastrous destruction of houses whose roofs were lost, sunken or overturned cars, widespread flooding and wrecked boats.
Some survivors told horrific testimonies. One recounted how he saw his wife sink.
In announcing the new casualties, Prime Minister Hubert Menes warned that the toll could rise. Hurricane Durian described it as “one of the biggest national crises in our country’s history.”
“Parts of the Abaco Islands have been destroyed. There are severe flooding, severe damage to homes, institutions and other buildings and infrastructure,” he said.
Minnes said the Bahamas “endured hours and days of terror, afraid for their lives and those of those close to them.”
As the storm moved away from the Bahamas, testimonies began to emerge from the suffering of the population.
The fisherman Howard Armstrong recounted how his house was flooded and reached the roof.
“I expect the water to rise at least six meters,” he told CNN. “We were fine until the water started to rise and all the contents of the house were floated.”
“My poor wife suffered from hypothermia. She was standing on the kitchen cabinets until the cabinets collapsed. I stayed with her, but she drowned in my hands,” Armstrong said. Armstrong finally reached his boat.
The Bahamas Press website posted a video of the floods at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, explaining that patients were forced to evacuate the facility.
The US Coast Guard sent helicopters to Andros Island, south of the Bahamas, to help with search and rescue operations, with residents stranded in their homes by floods sending distress calls.
But the sinking of the runways at Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, the island’s largest city, has complicated relief operations.
The US National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, said the heart of the storm would “dangerously approach the eastern Florida coast and the coast of Georgia overnight.”
Dorian will pass “near or above” the coasts of South and North Carolina during Friday morning.
US President Donald Trump warned residents not to tolerate the hurricane.
“The United States may be fortunate about the hurricane, but please don’t give up,” he wrote on Twitter. “As it approaches the coast, many bad and unexpected things can happen.”
“On the other hand, the Bahamas were destroyed.”
Hurricane Durian, with a 76-centimeter rain on the Bahamas, fell to the second category from a five-category scale on Tuesday morning.
However, “Durian is expected to remain a strong hurricane in the next few days,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
A state of emergency has been declared in parts of the east coast of the United States, where millions of people will be on Hurricane Durian.
“Tonight’s declaration of a state of emergency in North Carolina is completed and signed. I hope you don’t need it,” Trump wrote on Twitter late on Tuesday.
– Florida is lucky.
The Pentagon said 5,000 National Guard personnel and 2,700 active-duty military personnel were ready to provide assistance if needed.
Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted in some parts of South Florida on Tuesday afternoon, but the north of the state, where most of its coastline is located, as well as in central Georgia and up to South Carolina, remained under warning of the hurricane.
“The images we have received from the Bahamas are painful, but they show how lucky Florida is,” said Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz, warning that Florida would be affected by the hurricane.
“Overnight and tomorrow, our state will experience storms and strong winds along the coast, so I call on people to take these threats seriously,” he said.
At 23:00 (3:00 GMT), the wind speed of the hurricane was 175 km / h, according to the National Hurricane Center, and was moving north and northwest at 13 km / h.
Jasmine Rigby, who lives in Freeport, told AFP that most of the “parts of the island are submerged under floods” and “still raining with strong winds.” Luck I have enough supplies.”
This article is written and prepared by our foreign editors writing for OBSERVATORY NEWS from different countries around the world – material edited and published by OBSERVATORY staff in our newsroom.
OBSERVATORY NEWS — Breaking news source, real-time coverage of the world’s events, life, politics, business, finance, economy, markets, war and conflict zones.
Contact us: [email protected]
Stay connected with News Observatory and Observatory Newsroom, also with our online services and never lost the breaking news stories happening around the world.
Support The OBSERVATORY from as little as $1 – it only takes a minute. Thank you.
We are NEWS OBSERVATORY — the only funding and support we get from people – we are categorically not funded by any political party, any government somewhere or from any grouping that supports certain interests – the only support that makes OBSERVATORY possible came from you.