Death toll rises to 20 in Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

Death toll rises to 20 in Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

Death toll rises to 20 in Hurricane Dorian in Bahamas

It was dark outdoors, too, with thick storm clouds dimming the sun over Charleston.

Minnis confirmed the storm's death toll had risen to at least 20 during a news conference in which he described the unthinkable damage that parts of his island nation had sustained.

"It's decimated. Apocalyptic", Head-Rigby said. (Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR) Damage in the Abaco Islands.

More than 91,000 customers along coastal Georgia were without power Thursday, with the bulk of the outages around the Savannah area, according to Georgia Power. Other Twitter messages said whole communities were swept away.

Eyes are indicative of powerful cyclones (Dorian packed 110 miles per hour maximum sustained winds as of 11 a.m. ET on Thursday).

In South Carolina, more than 1,500 people have sought refuge in 28 shelters as authorities anxious about the historic and vulnerable port city of Charleston.

Rain was pummeling coastal areas including Myrtle Beach and Charleston, where streets have been flooding.

Aerial images from the Bahamas have revealed catastrophic damage in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down in Emerald Isle, along the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, damaging several structures, and the MyrtleBeachOnline website reported one or more suspected tornadoes in the Myrtle Beach area of SC.

Hurricane-force winds had expanded to 60 miles from the storm's core. The storm will still be a powerful hurricane over the next few days. "The Bahamas has certainly never seen anything on the scale", he said, adding that the most comparable recent disaster was the near total destruction of the Caribbean island of Dominica, by Hurricane Maria, in 2017.

More than 167,000 customers were without power in SC and Georgia Thursday morning, according to

With many telephones down, residents posted lists of missing loved ones on social media.

Dorian has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm, after exiting the Bahamas.

The Bahamas is a country made up of about 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean and became part of the Commonwealth in 1973.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said "we are very anxious, especially about the barrier islands getting cut off".

Dorian has dumped as much as 76cm of rain on the Bahamas. Most of the damage in the Bahamas occurred on Abaco and Grand Bahama, according to Karen Clark. The Grand Bahama Airport was under six feet of water as of Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard said four of its helicopters were assisting in humanitarian efforts. The storm hit the Bahamas Sept. 1 as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 180 miles per hour (285 km/h) - the most intense storm to hit the islands in modern history - stalling there for days.

Dorian struck the Abaco Islands as a category five hurricane, then pounded Grand Bahama for two days.

Rains and wind pelt Charleston, S.C., early on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian enters the area.

In North Carolina, almost 400,000 residents are under mandatory evacuation orders, state Joint Information Center spokeswoman Laura Leonard said.

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