Buildings have been swept away by the wind and submerged by flooding, says Major Clarence Ingram, divisional commander of the Bahamas division for the Salvation Army.
The National Hurricane Center said that as of 6 p.m. ET the storm continued to produce maximum sustained winds of 110 mph and “life-threatening” storm surge. The storm was located about 125 miles east of Melbourne, Fla., inching forward at 6 mph northwest.
The Grand Bahama airport was under 6 feet of water and at least five deaths were reported.
Major Clarence Ingram, divisional commander of the Bahamas division for the Salvation Army, told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on “America’s Newsroom” the amount of damage was “incredible.”
Bahamian officials have said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes, and desperate callers trying to find loved ones left messages with local radio stations.
Julia Aylen wades through waist deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued from her flooded home during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
One station said it got reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. At least two designated storm shelters flooded. The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco. Rescuers also used jet skis to reach some people.
“We will confirm what the real situation is on the ground,” Health Minister Duane Sands told the Associated Press. “We are hoping and praying that the loss of life is limited.”