SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 2
……Dorian claims its first victim; an 8-year-old boy in Bahamas.
“Devastating” Hurricane Dorian was battering parts of the Bahamas overnight with punishing 165 mph maximum sustained winds — down from 185 mph earlier — and inching along on its path of destruction, the National Hurricane Center said.
Storm surges in some places were raising water levels more than 20 feet above normal.
Dorian was ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines as people hunkered down in schools, churches and shelters.
Though the hurricane center was still forecasting that Dorian would stay just off the U.S. coast as it makes its way up the seaboard, evacuations were ordered for parts of Florida and, later on Monday, the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.
The National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that on its current track, “The core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.
” … Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.”
Maximum sustained winds were near 165 mph with higher gusts.
Parts of Grand Bahama island were being lashed incessantly with destructive hurricane-force winds overnight as the Category 5 storm slowed to less than a crawl, moving west at a mere mile-per-hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Sustained winds were down somewhat to 165 mph as of 4 a.m. EDT but gusts ranged as high as 200 mph. The storm surge was reaching 18- to 23-feet above normal tide levels, with higher destructive waves.
“This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye. Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today,” the center warned.
“These hazards will continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of the day, causing extreme destruction on the island,” the center added.
Grand Bahama Island was probably getting hit with “catastrophic storm surge flooding” from Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said at 1 a.m. EDT.
“This is a life-threatening situation,” the center said. “Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye. Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today.”
Wind gusts over 200 mph were being recorded, along with a storm surge 18- to 23-feet above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves.
“These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas and will continue for several hours,” the hurricane center said.