The eye of Hurricane Dorian looks absolutely insane from space

Two Ottawa-area couples have been found alive in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

"It looks like a bomb hit", she said.

United Nations officials said more than 60,000 people on the hard-hit islands of Bahamas will need food, and the Red Cross said some 62,000 will need clean drinking water.

Floridians showed up in droves Tuesday to give cans of food, bottles of water and boxes of diapers to members of two historically black churches who were sorting them before they were to be flown to the devastated islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. "It's like we just need to be rescued and put on another island to start over again", said Cindy Marshall, who lives in Marsh Harbor (Abaco Islands). Another showed residents trying to swim from one home to another through the surge.

A life-threatening storm surge and unsafe hurricane-force winds are expected along the coastlines of Florida, Georgia and SC with communities starting to feel impacts Tuesday and worsening on Wednesday.

Dorian was expected to pass dangerously close to Georgia and scrape SC or North Carolina on Thursday and Friday with the potential for over a foot of rain in some spots.

In the Bahamas, the devastation wrought by Dorian and the terror it inflicted during its day-and-a-half mauling of the northern islands came into focus on Wednesday as the passing of the storm revealed a muddy, debris-strewn landscape of smashed and flooded-out homes on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Hurricane Dorian has left residents feeling hopeless as it moves north.

"We are ready to go", Mr Gaynor said. Walt Disney World and Universal closed their theme parks in Orlando. To the north, ships at the big Norfolk, Virginia, naval base were ordered to head out to sea for safety, and warplanes at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia were sent inland.

Residents of coastal Florida, Georgia and SC were bracing for Dorian's approach on Wednesday, with the National Hurricane Center warning the slow-moving storm could make landfall in South or North Carolina Thursday or Friday.

On Tybee Island, Georgia, just outside of Savannah, Debbie and Tony Pagan stacked beds and couches atop other furniture and blocked doors with sandbags and plastic sheeting before evacuating. Their home flooded during both Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017.

"It's a awful way to live", Debbie Pagan said. "We have the whole month of September and October to go". Dorian was also blamed for one death in Puerto Rico. "How would you like to be living on pins and needles?"

"The uncertainty and the unknown are the worst part", Sandy Cason said.

Stores and restaurants were boarded up with wood and corrugated metal in the city's central area, and about 830,000 people were under mandatory evacuation orders on the SC coast.

Mark Russell, an Army veteran who has lived in SC much of his life, went to a hurricane shelter right away. Florida state Representative Shevrin Jones, who was asking people to donate, said one of his extended relatives is an officer with the Bahamas immigration agency and had been working as a first responder.

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