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'Historic Tragedy' in the Bahamas - Page 2

Slow-moving storm downgraded to Category 3
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
Updated Sep 3, 2019 6:57 AM CDT

  • Authorities believe thousands of homes were destroyed in the Abaco Islands, east of Grand Bahama, but it will be difficult to get a full picture of the destruction until the storm passes, the New York Times reports. "Initial reports from Abaco is that the devastation is unprecedented and extensive," says Prime Minister Hubert Minnis. "They are deeply worrying. The images and videos we are seeing are heartbreaking." He says the northern part of the country is experiencing a "historic tragedy."
  • The devastation was especially severe because the storm was almost at a standstill Monday, giving it more time to weaken structures. "We are afraid to even think of what those people on those islands went through with the storm slowing down and almost stopped for that amount of time, and being such a strong storm," says Geoffrey Greene, the country's chief meteorological officer.
  • Michael Pintard, the country's agriculture minister, shared terrifying video of water reaching halfway up the windows at his home in Grand Bahama as the storm passed. There have been reports of widespread flooding on the island, with the Freeport airport now under 6 feet of water.

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