Hurricane Dorian death toll rises to 7 in the Bahamas after the Category 5 storm decimated the islands – as US east coast is now lashed with winds of up to 110mph and ‘life threatening’ storm surge

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis put Hurricane Dorian death toll at seven but warned to expect more
He saw 30 people trapped near Coopers Town, Great Abaco, as the powerful storm wiped out 13,000 homes
Prime Minister Minnis said those from Marsh Harbor had suffered over 60 per cent damage to their houses
He added that a shantytown known as The Mud and The Peas ‘has been completely destroyed or decimated’
Hurricane Dorian packed winds of 110mph and churned about 105 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida
Floodwaters from the storm reached the second floors of some buildings and trapped people in their attics
Photos have captured some devastation with one photos showing dozens of capsized boats at a harbor
Video shows stalled cars on flooded roads, destroyed homes and Bahamians picking through scattered debris
Exact toll of devastation in Bahamas will not be clear until storm passes and rescue crews can get on ground
Hurricane Dorian weakened to a Category 2 storm shortly after 11am on Tuesday as it approached US coast

4 September 2019

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Tuesday put the Hurricane Dorian death toll at seven, as the storm got ‘dangerously close’ to the United States east coast, where it was set to hit overnight after more than a million people were ordered to evacuate.

The NHC said in an 8pm EDT advisory that Dorian packed sustained winds of 110 miles per hour (175 kph) and was moving northwest at 6 mph as it churned about 105 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Hurricane-force winds had expanded to 60 miles from the storm’s core. ‘Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days,’ the NHC said.

It was set to hit Florida with hurricane conditions before bringing its powerful winds and dangerous surf along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by late Thursday. The governors of those states have ordered evacuations of coastal counties.

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