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Battered Bahamas Makes Desperate Plea

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis asks world leaders to tackle climate change

(Newser) - As the Bahamas strives to recover from Hurricane Dorian, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis appealed to world leaders Friday to tackle climate change—and encouraged travelers to visit to help the country rebuild, the AP reports. Telling the UN General Assembly the storm was "a generational tragedy" for his country,... More »

Amid Dorian's Wreckage, a Miracle Find

Volunteer helicopter pilot finds small village of survivors in the rubble

(Newser) - "He had this intuition that he had to fly back over," says Angela Johnson of her helicopter pilot husband Justin's sense that he had to return to a debris field on Little Abaco Island. Justin Johnson was volunteering in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's destruction, and... More »

Humberto Hits the Bahamas

The tropical storm is expected to become a hurricane

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on Saturday after dumping rain on parts of the archipelago's northwest region that were already hammered by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago, the AP reports. Humberto had lashed the islands as UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited the Bahamas to support... More »

Hurricane Survivor, 12, Was Sent to Migrant Detention Center

Bahamian girl has now been reunited with family

(Newser) - A 12-year-old girl from the Bahamas who ended up in a migrant detention center in Florida after fleeing the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian has been reunited with her family. Kaytora Paul flew to Miami with her godmother on Sunday after being evacuated from hard-hit Abaco Island, where the roof... More »

Michael Jordan Makes Big Move for Bahamas

NBA legend donates $1M for hurricane relief

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, and Michael Jordan says he, too, is "devastated" when he looks at the destruction. The former NBA great has a personal link to the islands, "where I own property and visit frequently," he says in a statement obtained by TMZ . And so... More »

Va. University to Dorian's Student Victims: Come on In

Hampton University is offering free tuition to Bahamas students displaced by hurricane

(Newser) - One silver lining has emerged in the wake of Hurricane Dorian's destruction in the Bahamas: Two university presidents—friends and former colleagues—have arranged for students at the devastated University of the Bahamas to attend Hampton University in Virginia tuition-free for a semester. As the New York Times reports,... More »

'Staggering' Death Toll Expected in Bahamas

International aid effort is gaining momentum

(Newser) - The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas now stands at 30, but with hundreds, possibly thousands of people missing, authorities say the final count could be "staggering." "The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,"... More »

'Generational Devastation' in the Bahamas

Dorian death toll of 20 is expected to rise

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian has now moved away from the Bahamas, leaving chaos, devastation, and at least 20 dead behind it. Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands tells NBC that the death toll is expected to rise significantly when searches of hard-hit remote areas are completed. "We've had an absolute horrendous... More »

Aerial Footage Shows 'Apocalyptic' Destruction in Bahamas

'The area around the airport now looks like a lake'

(Newser) - The terrifying scale of destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas was revealed in aerial footage from some of the hardest-hit areas. The footage from the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama shows seawater where streets used to be and the shattered remains of hundreds of homes, reports the Guardian... More »

'Historic Tragedy' in the Bahamas

Slow-moving storm downgraded to Category 3

(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... More »

Dorian Kills at Least 5 as It Floods Bahamas

More than 13,000 houses are damaged or destroyed

(Newser) - At least five people were killed as Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find flotation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary, the AP reports. "We... More »

Dorian Revives Old Falsehoods About Hurricanes

The Associated Press runs down misinformation about the killer storms

(Newser) - The names of hurricanes may change, but one thing seems to stay the same: Misinformation spreads quickly during these dangerous storms, the AP reports. Hurricane Dorian, an extremely powerful Category 4 storm that has brought misery to the Bahamas since making landfall Sunday, is expected to be no different. Here'... More »

1M Ordered to Leave Homes as Dorian Approaches

Evacuation orders issued in SC, Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - More than a million people in three states have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Dorian slowly moves toward the East Coast. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have ordered the evacuation of their state's entire Atlantic coastlines, the AP reports. The storm,... More »

Hurricane Dorian Unleashes Its Fury

The Category 5 hurricane is called 'life-threatening'

(Newser) - Hurricane Dorian is plowing through the Bahamas. The Category 5 storm ripped out power lines, flung cars, and tore off roofs Sunday in the Abaco Islands after making landfall at 12:40pm, the AP reports. "It's devastating," says Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas' Ministry of... More »

Plane Takes Unfortunate Detour in Bahamas

All 3 people aboard are rescued by fishermen after crash

(Newser) - A fishing crew plying the waters in the Bahamas made an unexpected discovery—a raft with three plane crash survivors. It seems the three men were in a Piper PA-34 en route to Miami when the small plane went down in the ocean about 20 miles off Bimini, reports ABC... More »

Coal Baron, Daughter Among 7 Killed in Helicopter Crash

Chris Cline founded coal empire

(Newser) - One of the nation's last coal barons was killed along with six other Americans in a helicopter crash off Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas Thursday, authorities say. West Virginia billionaire Chris Cline died along with his daughter, friends, and the pilot, his lawyer tells NBC . The Royal Bahamas... More »

They Yelled to Warn Her About the Sharks. It Was Too Late

Jordan Lindsey, 21, was killed in the Bahamas Wednesday

(Newser) - Jordan Lindsey's parents say they yelled to warn her when they saw sharks approaching as she was snorkeling, but she didn't respond in time. The 21-year-old California woman was killed in a shark attack near Rose Island in the Bahamas Wednesday, ABC reports. Authorities believe three sharks were... More »

It's Official: She Died at Sea. Now, Her Husband's Sentencing

Lewis Bennett to be sentenced amid uncertainty on how exactly Isabella Hellmann died

(Newser) - The declaration of his wife's presumed death at sea has arrived two years after Lewis Bennett requested it , but under very different circumstances than he might've then imagined. A judge has declared May 14, 2017, as the death date for Isabella Hellmann—who was on a sailing honeymoon... More »

Bahamas Photo Op Turns Scary for Instagram Model

Nurse shark chomps down on Katarina Zarutskie's arm

(Newser) - California native Katarina Zarutskie grew up doing water sports and had seen photos online of people swimming with nurse sharks, which Exuma Online deems "typically harmless to humans." But the 19-year-old Instagram model and University of Miami student still had a frightening experience with one during a Bahamas... More »

Woman Killed, Another Loses Legs in Tour Boat Explosion

It's not clear what caused small boat to go up in flames

(Newser) - An American woman in the Bahamas celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary was killed and nine others were injured, including another US woman who lost both legs, when a tour boat exploded Saturday morning off the coast of Exuma. Maleka and Tyran Jackson were on the small boat along with 10... More »

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