The scope of the calamity that Hurricane Dorian brought to the Bahamas is becoming clear, as rescue workers reach devastated sections of the island chain. The official death toll now stands at 20, but that number is expected to rise sharply in the coming days.
Dorian is now a Category 2 hurricane, lashing the southeastern coastline of the United States. It remains dangerous, despite being downgraded from the Category 5 rank it carried into the Bahamas.
Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian left “generational devastation” and is asking for prayers for families of the deceased. The islands of Great Abaco and Grand Bahama were inundated by a punishing storm surge, as Dorian essentially parked over the Bahamas for two days.