5 dead as Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas
The Bahamas minister for agriculture shared a video showing flood waters creeping into his home in Grand Bahama.
You can hear Michael Pintard explaining the situation in the video:
“That’s water hitting my front window which is extremely high. Of course I’m already completely flooded out. That’s my kitchen window that water is hitting and that has to be a minimum of about 20 feet above the ground. This is water by my back door that came from the canal that height has to be 20 to 25 feet above sea level. This is what I’m facing at the moment. I have neighbors who are in a far worse position than me and my family. That’s my bedroom water hitting there," Pintard says.
Dorian is a Category 4 storm that is still moving at 1 mph towards the west. It is currently located 30 miles northeast of Freeport in The Bahamas and 110 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Grand Bahama Island continues to experience catastrophic winds and storm surge, according to the National Hurricane Center.
We've summarized all the watches and warnings in place for Hurricane Dorian from the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. ET advisory:
A storm surge warning is in effect for...
- Lantana to the Flagler/Volusia County Line
A storm surge watch is in effect for...
- North of Deerfield Beach to south of Lantana
- Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Savannah River
A hurricane warning is in effect for...
- Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the northwestern Bahamas
- Jupiter Inlet to the Flagler/Volusia County Line
A hurricane watch is in effect for...
- North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
- Flagler/Volusia County Line to the Altamaha Sound Georgia
A tropical storm warning is in effect for...
- North of Deerfield Beach to Jupiter Inlet
A tropical storm watch is in effect for...
- North of Golden Beach to Deerfield Beach
- Lake Okeechobee
The following is a breakdown of what each of these watches and warnings mean, according to the National Weather Service:
- Storm surge warning: There is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours. If you are under a storm surge warning, check for evacuation orders from your local officials.
- Storm surge watch: There is a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 48 hours.
- Hurricane warning: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are expected somewhere within the specified area. NHC issues a hurricane warning 36 hours in advance of tropical storm-force winds to give you time to complete your preparations. All preparations should be complete. Evacuate immediately if so ordered.
- Hurricane watch: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or greater) are possible within your area. Because it may not be safe to prepare for a hurricane once winds reach tropical storm force, The NHC issues hurricane watches 48 hours before it anticipates tropical storm-force winds.
- Tropical storm warning: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are expected within your area within 36 hours.
- Tropical storm watch: Tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.
Ingermar Nixon tells CNN he is staying in his house on the beach in Freeport, Bahamas, because he says he has "nowhere to go now."
“The situation is devastating. Lots of wind and rain,” he told CNN. “Last night it was a huge amount of wind with a lot of gust. It started raining heavy following the wind.”
He said his house has suffered several damages. “The window is leaking water and there were flooding on the ground floor,” he added.
“I’m hiding upstairs. I’m planning to stay here as there’s nowhere to go now. Water is creeping up to my house with the ocean at the back of it.”
See video from his home:
Hurricane Dorian has sustained winds of 155 mph, making it a high-end Category 4 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. ET advisory.
Dorian is still moving at 1 mph towards the west and is currently located 30 miles northeast of Freeport in The Bahamas and 110 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Grand Bahama Island continues to experience catastrophic winds and storm surge, according to the NHC.
A new satellite image of Hurricane Dorian shows just how destructive the storm continues to be as it lumbers toward the US.
The image was captured at 3:03 a.m. ET and was tweeted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the storm will likely turn north over the next couple of days, but the variance in timing of the turn will make all the difference. Just a change of a few hours could be the difference between a landfall in Florida and no landfall at all.
Here is a look at some facts and figures around Hurricane Dorian:
- At 185 mph, Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Bahamas
- It is tied for second with the highest wind speed of any hurricane anywhere in the Atlantic in the modern era since 1950 (tied with Wilma in 2005, Gilbert in 1988 and just behind Allan in 1980 that had 190 mph winds)
- Dorian’s landfall in the Bahamas at 185 mph is stronger than Hurricane Irma’s landfalls in Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands in 2017 (which was 180 mph).
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said five ports have been closed due to Hurricane Dorian:
- Fort Pierce
- Palm Beach
- Port Canaveral
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says 72 nursing homes and assisted living facilities along the coast have been evacuated as Dorian approaches.
Some Florida hospitals have also started evacuating or making plans to evacuated, DeSantis said.
Numerous casualties have been reported on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.
“From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage” to Abaco, according to Darren Henfield, Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs. “We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves."
First responders are traveling to Abaco, where citizens have been told to remain indoors due to downed lamp posts, trees and power lines.
"It is very dangerous to be outdoors if you don’t have to be outdoors," Henfield said. "We’re holding strong… We’re just asking you to continue to pray for us."
Florida's Brevard County will open another shelter to accommodate evacuees in the northern part of the county.
The shelter at Mims Elementary School, 2852 US1 in Mims is the 14th to open in Brevard County for residents preparing for Hurricane Dorian.
High winds and rain are expected to begin impacting the county early Tuesday.
The following shelters are open in Brevard County:
- Port St. John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
- Viera Regional Community Center, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
- Wickham Park Community Center, 2815 Leisure Way, Melbourne
- Ted Whitlock Community Center at Fred Poppe Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Rd NW, Palm Bay
- Apollo Elementary School, 3085 Knox McRae Dr., Titusville
- Walter Butler Community Center at Bernice Jackson Park, 4201 US Highway 1, Cocoa
- Manatee Elementary School, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
- Sherwood Elementary School, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
- Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Rd. S.W. Palm Bay
- South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco
- Mims Elementary, 2852 US1, Mims (noon today, Monday, Sept. 2.)
Although shelters will provide food, residents going to shelters will need to bring their own supplies.
Brevard County Emergency Management suggested people bring the following items:
- folding chairs or sleeping bags
- any needed medications
- multiple changes of clothing
- sturdy shoes
- personal hygiene items
- entertainment items, like games, cards, books, or magazines.
For information about this and other Hurricane Dorian questions, call the Community Information Hotline at 2-1-1.