A 7-year-old boy from the Bahamas is the first reported fatality from Hurricane Dorian, according to The Bahamas Press.
Lachino Mcintosh drowned while his family tried to relocate from their Abaco home. Mcintosh’s sister is also missing, according to a tweet sent out late Sunday night, Sept. 1, by The Bahama Press.
First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco….
BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh’s sister is missing pic.twitter.com/UQ99XPlBEa
— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian—the strongest storm anywhere on the planet this year—made landfall Sunday afternoon on the southern end of the Bahamas’ Elbow Cay with 185 mph sustained winds and 220 mph gusts. It was the first Category 5 storm there since Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The storm tore roofs from buildings in the Abaco Islands, local authorities said. Videos from residents on Great Abaco showed trees bending and heavy rain causing severe flooding across the Caribbean islands.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis tweeted: “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.”
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
There is widespread devastation on the Abaco towns of Marsh Harbor, Dundas Town, and Murphy Town with people left homeless, while communications and power have been cut off. The Bahama Press reported that already the damage is estimated at around $8 billion.
Dorian is expected to continue to move over Grand Bahama Island on Monday and then move closer to Florida’s east coast late on Monday and through to Tuesday.