Images emerging out of the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, that hit the Caribbean island as a Category 5 storm that stalled and stayed for days on end over the weekend.
After packing top sustained winds over 185 mph with gusts over 200 mph, Dorian is now packing top sustained winds of 110 mph and moving northwest at 5 mph.
Officials confirmed that five people were killed on the Abaco Islands.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, has called the widespread devastation and flooding “a historic tragedy”. The deaths were confirmed at the north-easter Abaco Islands, which bore the brunt of the storm, he added.
The “life-threatening” storm finally started to move on Tuesday morning (September 3) after stalling over the Bahamas leaving vast portions of the area underwater in the midst of widespread devastation.
Storm surges in some areas saw raised water levels more than 20 feet above normal.
“The devastation is unprecedented and extensive,” said Mr Minnis.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say Dorian is moving “dangerously close” to the east coast of Florida.
Evacuations have already been ordered in Charleston, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.