Related video: Donald Trump has warned that Dorian is a ‘very powerful hurricane’ Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency as Hurricane Dorian approaches the US mainland. The “life-threatening” storm hit the northern Bahamas early on Monday as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded, wrecking homes and cars
The “life-threatening” storm hit the northern Bahamas early on Monday as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded, wrecking homes and cars in its path.
South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire coast of the state amid Dorian’s threat.
The order, which covers about 830,000 people, goes into effect at noon local time on Monday.
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Underlining the potentially lethal dangers facing the southeast US seaboard – and which are already being experienced in the Bahamas – the Florida National Guard has put its search and rescue teams on standby.
Donald Trump has arrived back at the White House after another day playing golf. He is being updated on the threat of Hurricane Dorian on an hourly basis, his spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said. White House staff are said to be reviewing hurricane planning with state and local officials.
The president has been retweeting messages from the National Hurricane Centre, as well as retweeting news about the California boat fire tragedy, in between a flurry of messages attacking the media and boasting about his stewardship of the economy.
And some more views of Dorian from space, this time from Christina Koch, another of the astronauts currently on the International Space Station:
As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may now have been destroyed, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Reuters reports that houses in a neighborhood in Freeport on Grand Bahama Island were engulfed by six feet of water. Rosa Knowles-Bain, 61, who fled to an emergency shelter two days ago, told the news agency: “It looks like they’re boats on top of the water.”
A view of the hurricane from above, tweeted by NASA astronaut Nick Hague, a current resident of the International Space Station:
That was from the White House press pool, btw
At 1.46pm two protesters (a man and a woman) walked past the entrance to the Trump National Golf Club and stopped on the nearby sidewalk, which runs along a grass verge. From a distance they appear to have set up a cardboard cutout and some signs with pictures beneath a tree. The words “rat infested…” were visible on one sign.
Latest from the AP: Officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. A radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a five-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters
Latest from National Hurricane Centre: Life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds continue over Grand Bahamas Island
Some people seem to never want to listen to the warnings:
Bahamas foreign affairs minister talks of “catastrophic damage” and reports of casualties “bodies being seen”:
Latest storm surge advisory suggests parts of Florida could suffer tides of up to seven ft higher than usual
We mentioned in earlier reports the president was on his way to play golf as Dorian battered the Bahamas. Courtesy of CNN photojournalist Khalil Abdallah, there’s now an image of Mr Trump actually playing:
This is one of the latest models on Dorian’s expected path:
Georgia’s governor is urging coastal residents to flee ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm’s powerful winds and uncertain path, according to the Associated Press: Republican Brian Kemp told reporters in Savannah: “This is not one to play with.”
This update from Shenique Miller, a Bahamas-based TV journalist:
In the Bahamas, the defence force has reportedly been dispatched to rescue people in East Grand Bahama
Authorities in the Bahamas are urging people to find floating devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary as Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across Grand Bahama island, according to the Associated Press.
Minister of state Kwasi Thompson told ZNS Bahamas radio station, officials were getting a tremendous number of calls from people in distress as the powerful category 4 storm slowed to almost a standstill