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Hurricane Dorian lashes Bahamas as monster Category 5 storm

MIAMI, US: Monster Hurricane Dorian wreaked havoc as it barreled over Bahamas with deadly wind power of 165 miles per hour 4 a.m. EDT, down from 200 mph earlier in the day.

The National Hurricane Center deemed Dorian a Category 5 monster storm at 5 a.m. EDT on Monday.

With its deadly force, Dorian tied the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall in the Bahamas, equaling the Labor Day hurricane of 1935.

Storm surge soared to 18-23 feet above normal tidal threshold, increasing risk of widespread destruction in the region.

“These hazards will continue over Grand Bahama Island during most of the day, causing extreme destruction on the island,” the center added.

Dorian Storm path

Bahamian Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis defended his administration’s held up pace on promised mandatory evacuation legislation asserting that no one could have anticipated a monster storm.

“The National Emergency Management Agency  team representatives and professional went to those areas door-to-door asking individuals with boats available, waiting, asking them to evacuate and if they did not at least allow the children, women and elderly to leave – in spite of that they refused,” prime minister remarked.

“I’ll ask you a simple question. Winds of 180 mph, I ask you tomorrow to go and rescue those people, would you go? I don’t think anybody [is] that fool[ish] to go out there nor would I subject their lives to that especially when individuals were warned repeatedly to leave,” the PM responded when asked whether rescue operations will be conducted to save residents of Abaco.

The hurricane center is forecasting Dorian to stay off the U.S. coast as it moves up north.

Mandatory evacuations are underway in some parts of Florida and ordered for Monday along the coastlines of South Carolina and Georgia.

Meanwhile in Fort Smith, Arkansas, 47 year-old Debra Stevens fell victim to a flash flood that overtook her SUV.

“You’re not going to die”, 911 emergency dispatcher told Stevens adding, “This will teach you next time don’t drive in the water.”

Minutes later Stevens drowned while emergency responders tried to locate and rescue her.

Officials at Fort Smith Fire and Police units were flooded with 911 calls from those stranded in the inundation at the same time. They said they had difficulty locating Stevens because she could not describe her exact location.