After striking the Bahamas for more than a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian finally began moving away from the islands on Tuesday as the extent of the devastation began to emerge.
The National Hurricane Center says that at 2 a.m. EDT, the storm continued to produce maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and a "life-threatening" storm 10 to 15 feet above normal tide levels. The storm was located about 65 miles north of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and about 105 miles east of Fort Pierce, Florida, sloping 5 mph northwest. winds and torrential rain hit the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas, which total 70,000 people and are known for their ports, golf courses and resorts for all involved.
Grand Bahama Airport was under 6 feet of water and at least five deaths were reported.
Major Clarence Ingram, commander of the Bahamas Division of the Salvation Army, told Fox News's Bill Hammer on the America News Newsroom the damage amount is "incredible."
"What we hear gives credence to the fact that it was a catastrophic storm and catastrophic impact."
"The amount of floods has occurred that the water has come 20 feet higher than normal so that the buildings are completely underwater," Ingram told Fox News. "There are buildings completely swept away by the wind. It's just incredible. The amount of damage that happened there, of course, trees and cars and all that stuff blown away."
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The United Nations and the International Red Cross have begun mobilizing to deal with the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the most powerful hurricane ever recorded to hit the Bahamas.
The Clearwater Coast Guard Air Station deployed a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter with crews to Andros Island to conduct medical evacuations after Dorian devastated the area. The Pentagon said Tuesday that 5,000 national guards and 2,500 active forces are ready to assist in the effort for Hurricane Dorian. four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters stationed
A photo taken by the Coast Guard shows a flood on the runway at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport in the Bahamas.
Another image shows boats floating around the Bahamas Yacht Harbor after being thrown around Hurricane Dorian.
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Bahamas officials said they received a "huge" number of calls from flooded people and desperate callers trying to find close, abandoned messages with local radio stations.
One station reported reports of a 5-month-old baby torn on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in the roof to escape rising water. . At least two storm storms have been flooded. The US Coast Guard has killed at least 21 people injured in Abaco. Rescuers also used jet skis to reach some people.
"We will confirm the real situation on earth," Health Minister Dwayne Sands told the Associated Press. "We hope and pray that the loss of life will be limited."
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Red Cross spokesman Matthew Cochrane said that more than 13,000 homes, or about 45 percent of homes in Grand Baham and Abaco, are believed to have been heavily damaged or destroyed. UN officials say more than 60,000 people in severely affected islands will need food, and the Red Cross said about 62,000 will need clean drinking water.
The Red Cross authorized half a million dollars for the first wave of disaster relief, Cochrane said.
"What we hear gives credence to the fact that it was a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact," he said.
Lucas Tomlinson and Associated Press contributed to this report.