'Historic Tragedy' in the Bahamas

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
Waves crash in front of an American flag that is planted on a jetty during a high surf from the Atlantic Ocean, in advance of the potential arrival of Hurricane Dorian, in Vero Beach, Fla., Monday, Sept....   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Authorities in the Bahamas say Hurricane Dorian has killed at least five people—but the country is still being battered by the slow-moving storm and many other people are in danger. The storm was just north of Grand Bahama Island early Tuesday, having only moved around 12 miles in a day, the BBC reports. Dorian has been downgraded from a Category 5 storm to a Category 3, but Bahamians have been warned that strong winds and storm surges will continue for at least another day. The US National Hurricane Center says the storm will "move dangerously close to the Florida east coast" late Tuesday through Wednesday evening and then head close to the Georgia and South Carolina coasts on Wednesday night and Thursday. More:

  • In dramatic video captured by ABC correspondent Marcus Moore and his team, a group of people swim through floodwaters as the eye of the storm passes and people emerge from destroyed homes. Moore can be heard encouraging the group, who managed to make it safely across the rushing water.

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