Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas for two days and dealt record force to the islands. One of the islands in the Bahamas that is home to 50,000 people is now 70% underwater.
According to the Finance and Deputy Prime Minister, there are still ongoing “outstanding rescue missions,” and “it’s not looking good as we expect catastrophic damage.”
The National Emergency Management Agency requested that owners of equipment such as; flatbeds, small boats, trucks, and buses gather at a shopping mall in Grand Bahama to assist with rescue missions. Further, the U.S. Coast Guard and British Royal Navy dispatched ships also to assist.
According to Humanitarian Aid organizations, roughly 13,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian is now moving towards the United States; the behemoth of a storm is moving rather slowly. While over the island of Grand Bahama, at one time, the hurricane slowed to a speed of two miles an hour.
Now, as the hurricane approaches, it is moving at roughly five miles an hour. Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands house approximately 2,250 of the 17,500 hotel rooms in the Bahamas.
So far, five people have died as a result of the storm. However, according to the National Security Minister Marvin Dames, that number is expected to rise and will include some children.