Hurricane Dorian: as many as 13,000 houses severely damaged or destroyed in Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian: as many as 13,000 houses severely damaged or destroyed in Bahamas

Reports an eight-year-old boy has been killed after Dorian made landfall at Great Abaco Island on Sunday

Here’s one of the latest videos of the devastating flooding in Freeport

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The UK’s foreign office has updated its travel advice for the Bahamas with this:

Hurricane Dorian is creating extremely dangerous storm surge, heavy rain and hurricane force winds in Abaco and Grand Bahama. Evacuation orders have been implemented for parts of Grand Bahama and Abaco. A hurricane alert is also in effect for New Providence, Eleuthera, North Andros, Bimini and the Berry Islands. You should follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local news and weather reports the US National Hurricane Center forecast.

Lynden Pindling international airport in Nassau has re-opened following an overnight closure due to the effects of Dorian. The ports and airports in Grand Bahama and Abaco are closed. You should continue to check with airlines and your local tour operator for any updates.

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The UK has deployed three humanitarian experts to the Bahamas to begin immediate work on assessing the damage,

They left London this morning and are expected to arrive in the region later today.

The international development secretary, Alok Sharma, said: “I have sent an initial team of experts to the Bahamas to help assess the damage and coordinate the UK’s response, including any potential use of military assets if required.

The British Royal Navy auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has been pre-positioned to the region to offer her support if required.

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Bahamas Power and Light says there has been a total blackout in New Providence, the archipelago’s most populous island, AP reports.

It spokesman Quincy Parker told ZNS Bahamas radio station on Monday morning that crews are working to restore power on the island that lies south of the path that Hurricane Dorian is expected to take.

He said the Bahamas Power and Light office in Abaco, which was hit by the Category 5 storm on Sunday, has been flattened.

“The reports out of Abaco as everyone knows,” Parker said as he sighed, “were not good.” Parker said officials are anxious for the storm to pass so they can start rebuilding.

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