Sobering scenes showing Hurricane Dorian’s toll in the Bahamas emerge

An image of Hurricane Dorian taken from the International Space Station on Monday September

An image of Hurricane Dorian taken from the International Space Station on Monday September

At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm.

But UN experts were waiting for government clearance before assessing the situation on the ground, said OCHA spokesman Jens Laerke.

The Abaco Islands are home to about 17,000 people. One radio station said it got more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a five-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising flood waters.

"We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history", Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference.

The U.S. Agency for International Development said on twitter it was "airlifting critical relief items - like plastic sheeting, hygiene kits, and water containers" from Miami to the Bahamas.

And although it had weakened to a Category 3 storm, it warned: "Devastating winds and storm surge will continue to affect Grand Bahama Island for several more hours".

Like many storms of its kind, Hurricane Dorian has proven to be incredibly unpredictable. "There is severe flooding, severe damage to homes, businesses, other buildings and infrastructure", he said.

"We don't want people thinking we've forgotten them ..."

Forecasters said it would come "dangerously close" in the next 36 hours to Florida's east coast, where more than a million people have been ordered to evacuate.

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Dorian is forecast to take a clockwise path around the outside of that high, which would send it directly toward Florida. In addition, the highest high tides of the year, known as "king tides", are expected this weekend in parts of Florida.

The image shows Hurricane Dorian at 11:16 a.m. EDT (1516 GMT) on Monday (Sept. 2).

The runway can not be seen under metres of rain from the storm.

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", a representative from the Red Cross said. Choppy brown floodwaters reached roofs and the top of palm trees on Monday.

"We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited", he said.

Hurricane Dorian has tied the record for the strongest Atlantic storm ever to hit land, matching the Labor Day hurricane that struck Florida Gulf Coast in 1935.

The Center said the track would carry the storm "dangerously close to the Florida east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then move dangerously close to the Georgia and SC coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday". Dorian could drive seawater inland as it approaches, with parts of the northern Florida and Georgia coasts seeing as much as 7 feet (2 m), said NHC Director Ken Graham.

The governors of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have ordered evacuations of some coastal counties.

"I know it's a mandatory evacuation, but everyone I talked to is staying, and I don't know what to do".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is now forecasting that Hurricane Dorian will inch up the Florida coast over the next few days, reaching Georgia on Thursday (Sept. 5) and North Carolina on Friday (Sept. 6).

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