Turkey voices sadness over Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

An image of Hurricane Dorian taken from the International Space Station on Monday September

Most of the other badly hit island - Grand Bahama, home to about 50,000 people - has still to be reached. "Communities are cut off and roads are underwater still", Brave Davis told reporters at Nassau airport after returning from the flight, together with Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in a Facebook Live video. Five people were killed on Abaco Island, the Royal Bahamas police force confirmed last night.

"A friend of ours his house is 12 feet above the water and I heard he's got water on the first floor".

At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm.

The hurricane, with winds speeds of 183 miles (295 kilometers) per hour, is one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas may require food for 14,500 people and Grand Bahama for 45,700 people, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a statement.

As the Labour Day weekend drew to a close, hundreds of thousands of people in Florida, Georgia and SC - more than 800,000 in SC alone, and half a million in Georgia - were warned to evacuate for fear that Dorian could bring life-threatening storm-surge flooding even if the hurricane's centre stayed offshore, as forecast. Minnis on Monday put the death toll at seven, with more deaths expected.

Julia Aylen wades through waist deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued from her flooded home during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

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.

Forecasters said that the storm had come to a near standstill because the steering currents in the atmosphere had collapsed. Officials have not had time to overfly and assess the damage on all of the 70-mile-long Grand Bahama Island, which had a Category 4 and 5 onslaught for an unimaginably long time. The Grand Bahama airport was under 2m of water.

The water was high enough to submerge palm trees in some areas of the popular island getaway.

At present, Dorian has been downgraded to a category 2 storm.

The storm is inching northwest and potentially up the East Coast of the United States with sustained winds of 177 kilometres per hour, dropping it to Category 2 status.

The Center said the track would carry the storm "dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and SC coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday".

The governors of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have ordered evacuations of some coastal counties. After days of warnings to flee a storm that at its peak was rated at the top of the scale of hurricane strength, many residents of Florida's coast remained unsure whether to wait it out or evacuate.

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