Dorian Hurricane

Dorian Hurricane:

Covered houses, storm tides, fallen trees: hurricane "Dorian" has reached the Bahamas with full force. The US is also preparing for the arrival of the storm. Large parts of the coast are evacuated.

Hurricane "Dorian" has hit the northern Bahamas at wind speeds of almost 300 kilometres per hour. The hurricane reached the strongest category five.

First television images of the archipelago southeast of the US state of Florida showed a picture of devastation - covered houses, fallen trees and dramatic floods.

Authorities called on the population in low-lying parts of the island at the last minute to bring themselves to safety.

The Abaco Islands reported storm tides with five and a half to seven-meter high waves. Hundreds of people spent time in schools, churches and other places.

In the national radio station, "Voice of the Bahamas," callers said they were terrified of what could happen in the still-nighttime hours. Some parts of the Bahamas are cut off from communication.

According to a media report, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis burst into tears during a press conference.

In the western part of our islands, some people refused to leave, so I hope that's not the last time they hear my voice. The world should pray for the Bahamas.

The full extent of the damage is not yet foreseeable. Experts at the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that "catastrophic destruction" is to be feared.

The islands are just above sea level. On videos of residents can be seen how water rolls meters high through the streets. For the Bahamas, this is the strongest hurricane since the beginning of modern records.

Another course still uncertain:

After the Bahamas, "Dorian" should take a course on the east coast of the US state of Florida. On the way there, the storm could ease off a bit on Monday, but even then it would still be an extremely dangerous hurricane.

Meteorologists expected "Dorian" to turn north off the coast of Florida on Tuesday, but despite this, a hurricane warning applied to much of the coast.

In any case, threatened by the middle of the week life-threatening storm tides, heavy rains and dangerous winds, as the National Hurricane Center explained.

Even "a slight deviation" could bring the centre of the storm into the immediate vicinity of the coast or ashore, as the meteorologists warned. Winds can occur in hurricane strength up to 75 kilometres from the centre of the storm.

US President Donald Trump warned the inhabitants of the coastal areas of the catastrophic consequences of the hurricane.

Evacuations in Florida:

Several places in Florida have already ordered evacuations. Deep and flood-prone areas and caravans from Palm Beach County to at least Daytona Beach on the east coast are to be abandoned.

The state mobilized more than 4,000 National Guard members according to local media reports. The authorities prepared emergency supplies such as drinking water, food rations and generators.

To facilitate evacuations, the motorway toll was temporarily lifted. Hundreds of specialists from other states travelled to help restore power after the storm.

Many citizens and businesses nailed wooden boards over their windows and positioned sandbags on the exterior doors. In some supermarkets, there were hardly any large bottles of drinking water to buy.

Other states vacate the coast:

Also in the north adjacent states of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina during the week with heavy winds, heavy rainfall and floods are expected.

In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of the entire coastal zone from Monday afternoon.

Almost a million people are affected by the compulsory order and many have to leave home for the fourth time in four years.

Governor Henry McMaster said he knew that some people were not happy about it. But "we believe we can keep everyone alive".

Schools and authorities in the areas would remain closed. The hurricane should not arrive there before Wednesday.

In Georgia, the entire Atlantic coast is to be cleared. This ordered Governor Brian Kemp. The announcement is from Monday noon for all residents east of a motorway section of Interstate 95.

Since 2016, it is the third time that a hurricane eviction order was issued for the entire coastal area of Georgia. Almost 540,000 people live on the 160-kilometre coastline.


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