Dorian downgraded to Category 3, still looms over Bahamas

Dorian downgraded to Category 3, still looms over Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 3 storm on Tuesday though it still looms over Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas.

Five people have died in the Abaco Islands as a result of the storm, and the northern part of the island have experienced massive flooding. Storm surges in some places raised water levels more than 20 feet above normal. Several roofs flew off of homes and winds, which reached as high as 185MPH on Monday, swept a few cars into the air forcing rescue crews to run for cover. 13,000 homes have been destroyed and/or are severely damaged. The Prime Minister of Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, described the Hurricane as an “historic tragedy in parts of northern Bahamas”.

As of Tuesday, the storm has sustained winds of up to 120MPH. The U.S National Hurricane Center said Dorian’s core was some 35 miles northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, and about 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.