Indiana Red Cross volunteers deployed ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Indiana Red Cross volunteers deployed ahead of Hurricane Dorian

The storm is expected to strike Grand Bahama, the northernmost island in the archipelago, late Sunday or early Monday, forecasters said. At $40 billion, it would rank just behind Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 storm that devastated much of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, according to data compiled by Statista for Newsweek.

"Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye".

"The winds are howling like we've never, ever experienced before", said Mills, who was riding out the hurricane with his family in the concrete home he built 41 years ago on central Abaco. "We can not confirm those reports until we go out and look for ourselves", said Foreign Minister Darren Henfield, who represents North Abaco in the Bahamian parliament. "Power lines are down".

"Look at this", he can be heard saying. "There are three houses adjacent to mine that also lost their roof". My neighbor used to live there.

Hurricane Dorian is the most powerful such storm to hit the Bahamas since records began, with maximum sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour when it made landfall Sunday afternoon.

There were no immediate estimates of casualties as Dorian covered the north-western islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama with twisted metal and splintered wood.

Those who are not in the storm's path can help by donating to the Red Cross.

The water reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.

Matthew caused an estimated $10 billion in damage to the United States, along with 34 direct fatalities, according to the National Hurricane Center's official report on the storm. A short video from Pittard about 2:30 p.m. Sunday showed the wind shaking his home and ripping off the siding.

The storm is moving extremely slowly at 1 miles per hour to the west, according to a 9 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, remains "extremely dangerous", said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.

The slow-moving storm may take until Monday afternoon to pass over the Bahamas, and then turn sharply and skirt up the USA coast, possibly staying just off Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday and then affecting SC and North Carolina on Thursday, forecasters have warned.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp ordered evacuations in six coastal counties, including all of Savannah 150,000 residents, also effective at noon on Monday, Kemp's office said on Twitter.

"The risk of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds continues to increase along the coasts of SC and North Carolina", it added. "Everything's pulled in the garage, we've got our storm shutters up, my daughter's got hers up, my son's got his up". "The price you may pay for not evacuating is your life". We can rebuild your home. "Once we come out of it with our lives, we're happy". Tourist hotels shut down, and residents boarded up their homes.

"It makes me sick".

Popular attractions, including Disney World in Orlando, have said they are "closely monitoring" the storm.

About 4,400 Florida National Guard soldiers and airmen are preparing to respond as well, and they will focus primarily on search and rescue, communications and aviation, spokeswoman Maj. Tear everything up, put it back together.

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