Hurricane Dorian Strengthens to Cat. 3, The Bahamas PM Minnis appeals to residents in storm’s path to evacuate
“Let me be extremely clear, those who refuse to evacuate, place themselves in great danger from this very powerful and potentially life-threatening hurricane, which will bring dangerously strong and high storm surges – one of the greatest threats from a hurricane,” Prime Minister said in a live national press briefing on Hurricane Dorian.
The Prime Minister reminded residents that emergency personnel and assistance will be unavailable during the immediate impact of the hurricane for those in the projected path who do not evacuate.
Those who are evacuating should secure and bring identification with them, including passports, NIB cards and other forms of ID, as well as medication, clothing and toiletries adequate for several days.
“Hurricane Dorian is forecasted to become a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of approximately 140 mph, with stronger gusts. Dorian is moving slowly, which adds to the danger of this very powerful storm,” said the Prime Minister.
A Hurricane watch is now in effect for the islands of the Northwest Bahamas, including Abaco, Grand Bahama, Bimini, the Berry Islands, North Eleuthera, North Andros and New Providence.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to cross Abaco and the Abaco cays, and is also expected to impact most of Grand Bahama, starting Saturday into Sunday.
“Let me again emphasize that because of the wind speed, rain and expected storm surge, mixed with the spring tide, this is a very powerful and extremely dangerous hurricane,” said Prime Minister Minnis.