Photos and videos show Hurricane Dorian pummeling the Bahamas with rain, wind, and massive flooding: 'Please pray for us'
Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm early Sunday, just before it reached the Bahamas. The National Hurricane Center warned residents of "heavy rainfall," "hurricane-force winds," and a "life-threatening storm surge" through the rest of the weekend. Videos and pictures posted to social media from the ground show the hurricane dumping rain on the Abaco Islands in the north of the country, overwhelming beaches with massive waves and flooding.
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Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm Sunday morning as it was about to slam into the Bahamas with heavy rain, wind, and an unclear landfall path. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) issued a hurricane warning early Saturday for the northwestern Bahamas, where Dorian is forecast to bring "heavy rainfall," "hurricane-force winds," and a "life-threatening storm surge" through the rest of the weekend. Videos and pictures posted to social media showed the massive rains, winds, and flooding taking over the Abaco Islands, which partially comprise the northern end of the Bahamas, as the storm is set to advance north and west. As the hurricane pummeled the island, residents posted videos asking for prayers online. "Please pray for us," one unidentified woman pleads in a video posted to Twitter. "Pray for Abaco." In the video, floodwaters can be seen engulfing buildings. The woman describes being trapped in the building whose roof has been ripped off.
Abaco Island #Bahamas 😭 #PrayForTheBahamas #HurricaneDorian2019 #Dorian #HurricaneDorian 🌀👀🚨 pic.twitter.com/4aTEeXqLRd — Máximo Alexander (@MaximoSPQR) September 1, 2019
In another video asking for prayers posted by the Bahamas Press from an unidentified Snapchat account, a window has been blown out, with the inside of the house being fully exposed to the elements.
Window of home in Marsh Harbour Abaco blew out as Dorian makes landfall... pic.twitter.com/BIx3A2YdH5 — Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 1, 2019
A video posted during a moment of quiet, presumably while the island was under the eye of the storm, showed houses and cars completely destroyed amid downed power lines and tress.
More video out of Abaco it's like a tornado went through the place pic.twitter.com/0EkdwPGkjp — Latrae Rahming (@p0sitivechange) September 1, 2019
Earlier in the day, A Twitter account for Bahamas-based nightlife and music promoters MVP Entertainment posted a video just after 5 a.m. Sunday morning showing high tides and already extensive flooding.
Recent Footage of Sandy Point,Abaco as Hurricane Dorian approaches To make landfall in the Northern Bahamas #HurricaneDorian pic.twitter.com/QHiGv7Os2j — MVP (@mvp242) September 1, 2019
A video posted on Twitter marked as taken at 6:10 a.m. shows an early wave of heavy rains.
6:10 am. Rainband sweeping in. #DORIAN #Bahamas pic.twitter.com/h8BcaLQipG — Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) September 1, 2019
Another video that appears to be taken near the water shows trees flailing in the wind under heavy rains and tall waves nearby.
Hurricane Dorian in Abaco Bahamas this morning pic.twitter.com/QwWG5WZpKO — Richard (@revans777) September 1, 2019 Hurricane Dorian arriving on Abaco with 180mph winds... pic.twitter.com/DnsoKsF046 — Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 1, 2019
Read more: Photos show the damage from Dorian in the Caribbean as the hurricane heads for Florida In the Bahamas, the NHC said it expects Dorian to bring a "life-threatening storm surge" of 10 to 15 feet, and "large and destructive waves" on Sunday.
Flooding is a key concern for Bahamanian residents, as many homes are nearby or easily accessible to the water. On Saturday, officials in the Bahamas urged residents to evacuate the areas that were forecasted to be hit the hardest. "Homes, houses, structures can be replaced," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Saturday, according to NBC News. "Lives cannot be replaced." A video posted by ZNS Network, the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas, showed high waters moving from the beach to the streets of the Abaco Islands, which sit about 90 miles south of the Bahamas' capital of Nassau.
STORM WATCH: video submitted by ZNS Viewer Anthronique Strachan.Wind speed in the Abacos appear to be picking up. Water is now making its way into the streets in Cooper’s Town, Abaco. Many of the residents in this town live near the water.#ZNSStormWatch #HurricaneDorian2019 pic.twitter.com/4yDzdmaWSc — ZNS Bahamas (@ZNSBahamas242) September 1, 2019
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