US Orders Evacuation as Hurricane Dorian Threatens to Rip Bahamas Apart

Hurricane #Dorian slammed into struck the northern Bahamas on Sunday with wind speed hitting a potentially catastrophic 297 Kmph. The Category 5 storm has already left behind a trail of disastrous scenes. There are overturned, scattered power lines and uprooted trees all around the Bahamas.

The hurricane first hit the Elbow Cay in Abaco Island at 12:40 p.m. A second landfall followed soon at 2 PM near with Marsh Harbor coming in its path. Hundreds of people were urgently evacuated from the Grand Bahama Island later in the evening as the hurricane was headed towards that direction rapidly. Dorian equaled the wind speed record of the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. The only storm recorded till date that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, at 305 kph winds.

“It’s devastating,” said Joy Jibrilu, director-general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure. Luckily, no loss of life reported.”

Mandatory evacuation orders were signed by many Governors who believed that the hurricane could cause huge damage to life and property.

The government has also opened 14 shelters across the Bahamas even as many showed their reluctance to obey the evacuation orders, officials said.

“The winds are howling like we’ve never, ever experienced before,” said Mills, 59, who planned to ride out the hurricane with his family in the concrete home he built 41 years ago in central Abaco.

According to the government spokesman, Dorian could affect 73,000 residents and 21,000 homes. Airports for Abaco, Grand Bahama, and Bimini, were closed.

After the Bahamas, the storm which is crawling slowly is expected to take a sharp turn and move toward the U.S. coast. Florida and Georgia might get lucky. South Carolina and North Carolina might feel the full might of the hurricane.

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