“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said to the press after Monday’s Category 3 storm hit the Bahamas leaving at least 5 dead.
Hurricane Dorian landed on the Bahamas with a barrage of 120 mph winds and unrelenting downpours. The storm is inching towards Florida as of Tuesday morning. Dorian’s path could also endanger Georgia, the Carolina’s, and Virginia.
The Sunday before the storm hit, PM Minnis tweeted out, “We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas. Please pray for us.”
Today I gave a live national briefing on the extremely dangerous #HurricaneDorian from NEMA Headquarters. This is probably the saddest and worst day for me to address the Bahamian people. We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas. Please pray for us. pic.twitter.com/YOCoOaHI6x
— Dr Hubert Minnis (@minnis_dr) September 1, 2019
This is the strongest hurricane on record for this region, with the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco being hit the hardest. The Bahamas has a population of around 412,000 and while the country prepared as best they could for the coming storm, the violence of the rains and flooding has been near catastrophic. The flooding in the cities thwarted search and rescue as emergency responders fought against the overwhelming currents.
The US Coast Guard is aiding their neighbor in the Caribbean with rescue helicopters and on the ground support.
While they country is still being held hostage by Dorian, the Prime Minister urges his people to pray.
Grand Bahama is still feeling the impact of the Category 5 #HuricaneDorian. Based on reports out of Abaco, the devastation is unprecedented. Winds have decreased to 165MPH but Dorian remains an extremely dangerous storm. Our focus right now is rescue, recovery and prayer.
— Dr Hubert Minnis (@minnis_dr) September 2, 2019
We stand with PM Minnis in prayer for supernatural protection, lines of communication to be open, search and rescue operations to be successful and for the peace of the Lord to rest upon every Bahamian.
As the storm moves towards the US we urge people to remember the Gospel story of Jesus calming the storm:
“And He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.” – Mark 4:39
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