Hurricane Dorian has left a trail of destruction in the Bahamas, killing at least seven people. Pictures from the air and satellite images showed widely devastated areas that were under water. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said on Tuesday evening (local time) that next to the seven confirmed victims, more were expected. The storm drew off somewhat late in the evening towards the nearby southeastern coast of the US.
More than 60 percent of 6000 – Residents of Marsh Harbor are damaged, Minnis said after first taking a picture of the situation on the Abaco islands. The poor settlement The Mudd, where mainly Haitian immigrants lived, had been completely destroyed.
In total lived about in the most affected areas. On state radio and on social media, numerous Bahamians reported missing relatives. In large parts of the islands the mobile radio was disturbed.
The hurricane hit the Abaco Islands in the northeast of the Caribbean state on sunday first and there were wind gusts of almost 300 Kilometers per hour developed. He was one of the hurricanes of the most dangerous category five. It was the most devastating hurricane in the Bahamas since the beginning of modern records. On Monday, “Dorian” had moved across the island of Grand Bahama and had moved only agonizingly slowly. No rescue operations were possible on Tuesday.
During the night, a British Navy ship will reach the Abaco Islands and provide food for the residents, Minnis said. The US Coast Guard had been in rescue operation since Monday. The head of government spoke of further offers of help and asked for donations. It is one of the worst national crises in the country’s history. He also announced the use of security forces to preserve public order.
According to US National Hurricane Center forecasts, “Dorian” should be between the night of Wednesday and the following night of the coast Florida “dangerous close” come and then pass by near the coast in the US state of Georgia. Further north, in South Carolina and North Carolina, the hurricane could also move directly across the coast, the experts warned.
The storm was due to persistent wind speeds of up to 175 kilometers and was downgraded to a category two hurricane on Tuesday. However, it was still considered extremely dangerous and became larger – the hurricane winds extended to 95 kilometers from the center.
As a precursor to the Hurricanes were already on the east coast of Florida already strong gusts of wind and heavy rains. Hardly anyone was seen on the street near the coast. In the evenings, the authorities in some places imposed an exit ban. Wind gusts were measured at a speed of 85 kilometers per hour south of the center of the US space agency Nasa in Cape Canaveral on Tuesday evening.