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Hurricane Dorian: First deaths confirmed in Bahamas

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The Bahamas is one of the countries most regularly hit by hurricanes, and homes are required to be reinforced to withstand the winds of a category four storm. . Image copyright Getty Images Hurricane Dorian - the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began - has left widespread devastation, at least 43 dead and many more still missing days after the storm passed. But its path is difficult to predict and it's unclear if it will make landfall. Storm surges are caused when huge volumes of water are pushed by hurricane-force winds. The main towns were flooded by storm surges, metres above normal sea levels.

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Hurricane Dorian: Path of destruction

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Powerful winds, rain and surges of sea water caused by the category five storm pummelled the islands for three days as it slowly edged towards the United States. Floods levels are now said to be receding. Rescue, relief and recovery operations are now under way. The storm is hovering over Grand Bahama, having earlier made landfall on the Abaco Islands. It has brought ferocious winds and massive amounts of water to both areas, which are in the north of the Bahamas archipelago. Survivor Ramond King, from Marsh Harbour, said everything was gone.

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Hurricane Dorian: First deaths confirmed in Bahamas

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Many people in Grand Bahama were forced to flee to the roofs of their homes to escape the rising flood waters, which covered most of the island at one stage. Grand Bahama was also hit by category five Hurricane Matthew in 2016 - many residents had yet to fully rebuild their houses before Dorian's arrival. Some survivors have been taken to Florida or Nassau, further south in the Bahamas. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned people not to be complacent following the change in the storm's predicted path. At least 43 people died as a result - 35 in the Abaco Islands and eight in Grand Bahama, but numbers are expected to be much higher as hundreds of people are still missing. Hurricane Irma in 2017 was also category five and caused widespread damage across the Leeward Islands, Caribbean and Florida keys, damaging roads, buildings, airports and harbours. What's the latest from the Bahamas? Some 13,000 houses are feared damaged or destroyed, according to the International Red Cross.

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Hurricane Dorian: Path of destruction

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Miami has ordered the removal of electric rental scooters from the streets to avoid them becoming projectiles. The winds at the core of the storm are spinning so fast that the centre is collapsing on itself, stalling over the area and weakening the storm's eye. Devastating storm surges As well as dangerous wind speeds, authorities issued warnings of life-threatening storm surges along the whole length of the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina as Dorian left the Bahamas. Grand Bahama, with a population of about 50,000, is only 100km 60 miles east of West Palm Beach in Florida. Local media report that the international airport is under water.

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Hurricane Dorian: First deaths confirmed in Bahamas

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It is the fifth Atlantic hurricane to reach the highest category in the last four years. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said the deaths were confirmed at the north-eastern Abaco Islands, which bore the brunt of the storm. South Carolina on Sunday issued a mandatory evacuation of the entire coast, effective of noon on Monday and affecting 830,000 people. Is climate change making hurricanes worse? Cruise liners, private planes and helicopters were all being used to help those still trapped in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. And you can see the water outside pressing in. I'm in the roof of my home and this is where the water is'. When they meet land, the water surges inshore at levels far exceeding normal tides.

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Hurricane Dorian: Path of destruction

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Pictures showed surging floodwaters, upturned cars and snapped trees. Dorian's slow progress - only one mile an hour at times - concentrated the storm over the islands, exacerbating the extent of the damage. The Abacos are home to about 17,000 people. It is unclear how many ignored evacuation orders and pleas from officials to leave low-lying areas. Scientists cannot say whether climate change is increasing the number of hurricanes. The powerful winds and water ripped houses apart, tore boats from moorings and dragged vehicles and debris across the islands.

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Hurricane Dorian: First deaths confirmed in Bahamas

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Aerial images over the Abacos showed miles of destruction, with roofs torn off, scattered debris, overturned cars, shipping containers and boats, and high water levels. . . . . . .

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