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Hurricane Dorian with 170 mph winds destroying Bahamas

Christian Fernsby |
Hurricane Dorian's maximum sustained winds have slowed slightly, from 185 miles per hour earlier Sunday evening to 1770 ph according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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The storm is still whipping the northern Bahamas, where residents have endured a night of howling winds and heavy rain. Dorian is moving very slowly west at 5 mph and is expected to move west to northwest on Monday, before gradually turning north.

This means it will likely continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of Monday and Monday night, and move closer to Florida's east coast from Monday night to Wednesday evening.

Storm surges and the rising tide will cause water to move inland fand flood normally dry areas of the Abaco Islands, the NHC said. However, water levels should start slowly subsiding on the islands on Tuesday, it added.

The catastrophic category 5 storm forced the US states of Georgia and Carolina to issue evacuation orders for their coastal communities on Sunday night as the National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges that could reach 18ft to 23ft (5.5m-7m) above normal levels.

Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis said in a nationally televised news conference that a “monster storm” was battering the region.

“This will put us to a test that we’ve never confronted before,” he said.

“This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people.

“I just want to say as a physician I’ve been trained to withstand many things, but never anything like this.”

The first death due to Hurricane Dorian is being reported by The Bahamas Press.

The Bahamas Press tweeted late Sunday night that 7-year-old Lachino Mcintosh drowned after his family tried to relocated their Abaco home.

The tweet also says his sister is missing.

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