Hurricane Dorian has stalled over the island of Grand Bahama for a day, staying in roughly the same position for 12 hours. One radio station said it received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a five-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. Video taken in the Bahamas showed waves crashing into homes and ruined cars strewn about the streets. “It’s as if we’re fighting a war with the enemy having all the weapons at its disposal,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told media. The storm’s center was about 30 miles north-east of Freeport on Grand Bahama Island and about 100 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.
Dorian was downgraded to a category 3 hurricane early on Tuesday but is expected to remain perilously powerful for the next couple of days. It still packs winds of 120mph. Hurricane Dorian is moving northwest toward the U.S. It will move “dangerously close” to the Florida coast late Tuesday through Wednesday evening. More than 70 nursing homes and assisted living facilities have evacuated along Florida’s east coast. Many of the state’s toll roads are suspended, and several ports have closed. Several airports including in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and Orlando have shut down their operations.