Hurricane Dorian brought utter devastation to the Bahamas Monday morning with 155 mph maximum sustained winds. With storm surges in some places causing water levels to rise more than 20 feet above normal, officials are reporting numerous calls from people in distress.
Many videos have made their way to social media that show the affects of the flooding, including a clip that claims to show the Grand Bahama home of Minister of Agriculture Michael Pintard. A voice on the video can be heard saying that the ocean is hitting his kitchen window which is at least 20 feet above sea level.
“This is what I’m facing at the moment and I have neighbors who are in far worse position than me and my family,” he says.
Dorian has tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to come ashore in the Bahamas, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. In addition to the flooding, Dorian was tearing roofs from houses, overturning vehicles, and tearing down power lines.
The National Hurricane Center said Monday that Dorian will “continue to pound” Grand Bahama Island through most of Monday and Monday night. The hurricane will then move close to the east coast of Florida through Wednesday evening before making its way toward Georgia and the Carolinas.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the evacuation of the state’s entire coast. The order was to take effect at noon Monday, at which point state troopers were to make all lanes on major coastal highways one-way heading inland. More than 830,000 South Carolina residents were affected by the evacuation orders. Georgia’s governor, Brian Kemp, also ordered evacuations for that state’s Atlantic coast.
See more footage of Dorian’s devastation below.
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