FREE, Bahamas – rushed hammer sounds were hitting with plywood and with cash registers by dinging over the Bahamas on Friday as the islands lie just southeast of Florida with preparation for Hurricane Dorian, which threatened to it is a powerful Category 4 storm.
It is expected that the storm will go to the Bahamas north-west on Saturday and then move over or close to that region on Sundays.
“Don't be gloomy and try to detect this hurricane,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in a news conference. “The price you can pay for is not to evacuate your life.” T
At 2 p.m. EDT Friday, Dorian was located 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of the northwest Bahamas and about 625 miles (1,005 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach in Florida. It was a Category 3 storm with maximum durable winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and was moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).
A hurricane watch was in place for the Bahamas in the north-west as schools and government offices were closed by officials.
Officials said that between 2,000 and 3,000 people living in small cafes in the Abaco Islands must evacuate and seek higher ground.
“I'm really worried,” says Kevin Adderley, a 48-year-old business owner who was getting his mechanic shop in the city of Freeport in Grand Bahama Island. “I'm going to bunker down home with my kids.” T
Supplies such as canned food and bottled water were rapidly disappearing as long lines formed by gas stations and grocery stores on Friday.
“The food shop is very packed,” said Gina Davis, 47 years of age, when she pushed her grocery cart through the aisle. “I am very concerned that it will be a Category 4 storm. … We pray to God that it is not evil for us. ”
Stephen Russell, director of the island's National Emergency Management Agency, said that the Bahamas had been hit by major storms for three consecutive years: Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017, causing $ 80 million damage.
“We are a resilient nation,” he said in a statement.
Dánica Coto contributed this report from San Juan, Puerto Rico
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