The Bahamas Press reported on Twitter that a boy had drowned in the northern Bahamas, the first recorded fatality of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record. There were no other confirmed reports of deaths or casualties.
As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.
The hurricane, which was downgraded late Monday morning to Category 4 on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, was last over Grand Bahama, packing maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 kph) and moving at 1 mph, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT).
Dorian is expected to remain over Grand Bahama for much of the day and night with “catastrophic” winds and a massive storm surge that could raise water levels by as much as 18 to 23 feet above normal in some areas, the NHC said.
The storm is currently forecast to move “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast late Monday night through Wednesday night before moving up close to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina on Wednesday night and Thursday.
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