The Abaco Islands in the Bahamas continue to be pounded by category five hurricane, Dorian.
Winds of up to 220 miles per hour, have ripped through houses, tore down power lines, and cut off communication, as hundreds hunkered in schools, churches, and other shelters.
Photos and videos have surfaced on social media, showing major flooding in several communities.
Some residents have been marooned in their homes, as they failed to heed the warning to evacuate.
Earlier today (September 1) at a press conference, Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, said he expected teams to be in position to move into Abaco by Wednesday (September 4).
Dorian made landfall minutes before 1 o’ clock this afternoon in Elbow Cay, Abaco.
In an interview with Irie Fm News, Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Nassau, Terrel Butler, says persons who remained on the Abaco islands, possibly underestimated the impact of the storm.
She says, based on the forecast, Bimini Island is expected to be hit by the slow-moving category 5 storm about 8:00 pm, then the hurricane will move on to Grand Bahama.
Mrs. Butler, who is in New Providence says, things are relatively calm, with a little wind and rain there.
She says, she has been in contact with the Jamaica Community in the Bahamas, and stands ready to offer support.
Mrs. Butler says, Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, has indicated that the Jamaican government is on stand-by, to provide support to Jamaicans as well as the Bahamians, where needed.