Total Devastation strikes Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The scene so far is unimaginable.
According to ABC News, when the Category 5 hurricane made landfall on Great Abaco Island, east of Miami, on Sunday at 2 p.m., Dorian’s maximum sustained winds were 185 mph — an Atlantic hurricane record matched only by a storm that struck the Florida Keys in 1935, the National Hurricane Center said.
Video posted to Twitter by local newspaper The Tribune, though not independently verified by NBC News, appeared to show widespread destruction on Abaco.
— Tribune242 (@Tribune242) September 1, 2019
Leigh Lamattina-Davis, a resident of Marsh Harbor, a town of roughly 6,000 on Great Abaco, described the direct hit as “total devastation.”
“I am lucky to have half a house,” she said in a text message with NBC News. “My neighbors are demolished.”
Other social media postings seem to show similar devastation and heartfelt cries for help.
My niece in Abaco, Bahamas just sent me this video. OMG. pic.twitter.com/OEAsSSDNTV
— AMABLACKPATRIOT (@DrShayPhD) September 1, 2019
More video footage from the island seemed to match Lamattina-Davis’ description, showing flipped cars, sparking electrical lines, battered homes and flooded roads.
Hurricane Dorian has made landfall in the northwestern Bahamas with sustained winds of 180 mph.https://t.co/0cwEb1rcye
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 1, 2019
President Trump sent Prayers to the island.
Pray for the people in the Bahamas. Being hit like never before, Category 5. Almost 200 MPH winds.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2019