Category 5 Dorian catastrophic hurricane rises through the northern Bahamas early Monday, plunging an archipelago with gusts of 200 mph and flooding low-lying islands with stormy tides up to 23 feet above normal.
Parts of the Big Bahamas Island are being "continually hammered" by devastating hurricane-force winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.
Millions of people stopped in the US for the storm's arrival later this week, with the National Hurricane Center saying Dorian
Both Fort Lauderdale International Airport and Palm Beach in Florida ceased operations the Monday before the storm. .
When the hurricane made landfall on Grand Abaco Island, the neighboring island near Grand Baham, at 2pm on Sunday, the maximum sustained winds of Dorian were 1
Although the highest wind speeds have dropped to 165 mph and the storm's eye nearly moves over Big Bahamas on Monday, the National Hurricane Center still calls it "life-threatening" situation. "
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"The people of Grand Baham Island should not leave their asylum when the eye passes," he warned.
The center said wind gusts of up to 200 mph and storms rose to 23 feet above normal tides will continue over Grand Bahama Island for much of the day on Monday, "causing extreme disruption to islands. "  There is little information coming from the affected islands.
Most people went to shelters when the storm approached, with hotels shut down and residents going into their homes.
Videos and photos taken by residents of Greater Abaco Island and received by NBC News showed relentless gusts of wind, cut-off winds, inverted cars, damaged phone towers and homes almost completely submerged in water.
A video in Abaco showed dozens of people waiting for the storm, huddled together in the only apartment left relatively intact, with a roof that was cave-shaped and walls running.
"This is the only house left in the neighborhood and everyone is here," a woman said in the video as the storm raged outside. "This is the only safe place we can be at this time."
Another video, posted by an unnamed Bahamian, shows a family shelter in a bathroom asking a woman for their safety.
"This is probably the saddest and worst day for me to address the Bahamas," said Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minis in a tweet after informing the nation of the storm on Sunday night. "We are facing a hurricane we have never seen in the Bahamas. Please pray for us. "
The Nassau guard quoted Minis, who called Dorian a" monstrous storm "on Sunday, saying rescue crews would not reach Hurricane victims on Big Abaco Island by Wednesday.
The Bahamas Press reported on Monday that the Great Bahamas International Airport was under five feet of water, NBC News failed to independently verify this information.
Dionisio D Aguilar, Bahamas Tourism and Aviation Minister, said Monday that the biggest risk in the Bahamas was now is the loss of life
"There is no doubt about it: we are scared to death in the sweat the effects of such a violent storm, "he said.
President Donald Trump expressed his support for the Tahitian Bahamas . Sunday:" Pray for the people of the Bahamas. Affected as never before, Category 5. "
The National Hurricane Center stated that on Monday Dorian will make a gradual turn to the northwest and north, following its slow westward movement during the day n or more days.
Go to 8 a.m. ET On Monday, the hurricane was still 120 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
The center said life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds were expected from hurricane force parts of Florida's east coast through midweek and storm and hurricane warnings are
"Only a slight deviation to the left of the official forecast will lead to downtown Dorian near or above the east coast of Florida," the hurricane center warned, adding that a strong winds increase later this week and a dangerous storm off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas.
NBC News meteorologist Don Zuhnikas said the warnings are wrong on the side of caution as it will take time to evacuate those areas if necessary.
"If this storm breaks, downtown [of the hurricane] will be 40 to 80 miles off Florida's east coast as it begins to change its course," Tsunikas said. "This would spare Florida and avoid potentially severe damage. ”
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But he said a leftward swing to the Florida coast would bring more impact, more impact winds and storms.
On Sunday, governors of South Carolina and Georgia ordered at least 1 million people to evacuate their shores in
Florida authorities have ordered mandatory evacuations in some vulnerable coastal areas.
Associated Press and Caroline Radnofsky contributed.