Hurricane Dorian is gradually making its way up Georgia and then the Carolinas but has made a devastating impact on parts of the Bahamas.
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Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane before weakening to a 2 Wednesday morning, crushed boats and splintered homes, video from a helicopter flyover show. More than half of the Grand Bahama was under water, the satellite company Iceye said Monday. That includes the airport.
“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief organisation and flew over the Bahamas’ hard-hit Abaco Islands, told reporters Wednesday morning.
The hurricane, which just missed plowing into Florida, is forecast to make a closer approach to the coastline of the Carolinas between late Wednesday and Thursday, with impacts expected to be more severe.
“Remain cautious of strong wind gusts and brief bursts of heavy rain in passing squalls today,” the National Weather Service in Melbourne, Fla., tweeted Wednesday morning. “Conditions at beaches are hazardous from #Dorian. The surf remains high and rough, along with a threat of coastal flooding & beach erosion.”
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