Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas
“We are being lashed here in Freeport in the island of Grand Bahama by Dorian’s winds all night long in the dark because power is out here. It sounds like a jet engine, just screaming winds that pick up but never really go away,” said CNN correspondent Patrick Oppmann.
“You just have to imagine, for people who are in their homes, no power, no information, no TV, maybe they’re listening to radio — it has to be terrifying.”
He added that Dorian is an unprecedented storm in the Bahamas, with storm surges a major concern. The surge could exceed 20 feet and the highest point on Grand Bahama is 30 feet, Oppmann said.
“Much of this island by the end of today, by tomorrow will be underwater,” he said.
Hurricane Dorian came to a virtual halt over Grand Bahama island in the early hours of Monday morning, as the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of potential “extreme destruction.”
Home to about 50,000 people, Grand Bahama is being “lashed incessantly with destructive hurricane-force winds,” according to the NHC’s latest update at 4 a.m. Monday.
The maximum sustained winds have slowed slightly to 165 miles per hour — dropping 20 mph from its peak of 185 mph earlier Sunday evening. But the force of the hurricane is even more dangerous combined with how slow it is moving — it is only traveling at 1 mph.
Instead of barrelling past, the hurricane and its destructive winds are hovering over the region for hours at a time. The NHC warned that the hurricane would continue to batter Grand Bahama for most of Monday.