Hurricane death toll rises to 20 in Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian Bahamas death toll expected to be 'staggering'

06/09/2019 17:30 Hurricane Dorian Bahamas death toll expected to be 'staggering'

The official death toll from the strongest hurricane on record ever to hit the country jumped to 20, and there was little doubt it would climb higher.

At least 20 people have died in the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the northern Bahamas on Wednesday, said health minister Duane Sands.

"But bear in mind that search and rescue exercises, exploration of homes that were flooded, is just now starting", he added.

The horses' food, water and other supplies have been stocked up at the farm.

Dorian had been downgraded on Tuesday to a Class 2 after battering the Bahamas as a Class 5 on Sunday. At least two deaths were reported on the U.S. mainland, in Florida and North Carolina, both involving men who fell while getting ready for the storm. Dorian had exploded from a Category 3 to Category 5 hurricane within just two days, with maximal sustained winds reaching up to 295 kilometers (185 miles) per hour, as it hit the Bahamas.

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The NHC says a unsafe storm surge could raise water levels, as large swells affect the coast. The global airport and hospital in the main city of Freeport were under water, complicating rescue operations.

Over the next couple of days, some wind shear is expected to slowly weaken the storm, though it is expected to maintain hurricane strength (meaning sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour, or 119 km/h) over the next three days.

"We expect it to be very devastating and the damage to be extreme", Neilly said.

A bunch of majestic horses that spend their days frolicking on the beach in North Carolina's Outer Banks will not be evacuated. "Evacuees will not be allowed to return home until the storm has passed and local officials authorize their return". United Nations disaster relief specialists arrived in Nassau last week ahead of the hurricane. This Costco store in central Florida only allowed two cases of bottled water per person. "Whether it comes ashore or not, the eye of the storm will be close enough to cause extensive damage in North Carolina". The storm is moving parallel to Florida's east coast.

USA and British helicopters were conducting medical evacuations, aerial assessments to help coordinate relief efforts, and reconnaissance flights to assess damage.

Mr. Lowcock also announced that the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) would provide an immediate US$1 million for urgent life-saving activities in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, which have suffered damage on a catastrophic scale as a result of the hurricane. "They are coming on with small and severe infections like cellulitis and gangrene", said Dr. Alvery Hanna, the director of the Bahamas' National Emergency Medical Services.

The Bahamas has begun to count the cost of the devastation brought by Hurricane Dorian.

A hurricane warning was out for the Savannah River, along the Georgia-South Carolina border, north to the Virginia-North Carolina border.

A federal disaster declaration request was approved in North Carolina, and Gov. Roy Cooper issued six mandatory evacuation orders for the state's coastal and barrier islands, with an additional 14 voluntary evacuation orders.

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