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Devastating footage starts coming in from Bahamas’ unprecedented destruction

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Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to ever threaten Florida’s East Coast as it slowly moves away from the Bahamas.

Now a Category 4 hurricane, the storm continues to slam Grand Bahama Island and is expected to do so throughout the day and into the evening.

Dorian made landfall Sunday afternoon at Elbow Cay of the Abaco Islands and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall ever recorded, ABC News reported, leaving in its wake “unprecedented” devastation.

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis tweeted on Monday morning the devastation to Abaco “is unprecedented.”

“Our focus right now is rescue, recovery and prayer,” he added.

Bahamas resident Bruce Sawyer told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that it looks like a “bomb” went off.

“There’s houses that are torn apart,” he said. “There’s tree limbs in the road. There’s no green shrubbery left. It’s just shredded.”

“I think when the eye wall hit, we had 200-plus mile per hour winds that ripped everybody’s roofs and destroyed everybody’s structure and houses,” Sawyer added. “Probably one of the most terrifying things that ever happened. The windows were caving. The doors were caving in. I honestly thought that our roof was going to be ripped off as well.”

Michael Pintard, the Bahamas minister for agriculture, posted a stunning video on social media of the flood waters hitting his home in Grand Bahama.

“That’s water hitting my front window which is extremely high,” Pintard said in the video. “Of course I’m already completely flooded out. That’s my kitchen window that water is hitting and that has to be a minimum of about 20 feet above the ground.”

“This is water by my back door that came from the canal that height has to be 20 to 25 feet above sea level,” he continued. “This is what I’m facing at the moment. I have neighbors who are in a far worse position than me and my family. That’s my bedroom water hitting there.”

The massive storm crawled across the island, almost coming to a standstill.

“Dorian’s eyewall has unleashed tornadic-like violence for hours in some spots in the Bahamas,” tweeted The Weather Channel’s Greg Postel.

The storm surge was devastating, as another video shared online showed the impact of the water.

“Water is now on the third step. Our cars have floated away, and our neighbor’s capsized boat is now in our yard,” read the caption of another video showing the massive storm surge.

“Please someone, please come help us,” a woman is heard saying in a video that shows the roof torn off an apartment building.

The carnage goes on and on, as seen in the following tweets:

Tom Tillison


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