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WorldTourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas

05:10  31 august  2019
05:10  31 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Evacuations begin in Bahamas as Category 4 Dorian bears down

Evacuations begin in Bahamas as Category 4 Dorian bears down Hurricane Dorian shut down most major resorts in the Bahamas and forced authorities to evacuate much of the northern shore and low-lying islands Saturday as the fierce Category 4 storm prepared to unleash torrents of rain but was projected to spin farther away from the coast of the Southeast U.S. next week. 

Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas ’ thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic

Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, eager to take off before the international airport was to shut down at 10 p.m. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a statement at 8:30 p.m

Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas© Reuters/Reuters Staff FILE PHOTO: Bahamians prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Nassau

(Reuters) - Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco, eager to take off before the international airport was to shut down at 10 p.m.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a statement at 8:30 p.m. EDT Friday (0030 GMT Saturday) that Dorian had strengthened into an "extremely dangerous" category 4 hurricane, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 km/h).

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(Reuters) - Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas ' thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic

Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas ’ thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic

Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas' thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic product and half of its jobs to the industry, Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Ministry of Tourism, said in an interview.

"Anything that could derail that is really very concerning," Jibrilu said.

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The country is "still reeling" from Hurricane Matthew, which ripped into the Bahamas in 2016, she added, noting that some hotels took years to make repairs.

In a televised news conference Friday afternoon, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Dorian was moving slowly, extending the islands' exposure to the storm.

"This hurricane will produce catastrophic results," said Captain Stephen Russell, director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), as he urged residents of Abaco and Grand Bahama to accelerate storm preparations.

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(Reuters) - Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas ' thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic

Tourists scrambled to leave the Bahamas on Friday as Hurricane Dorian approached its northwestern islands of Grand Bahama and Grand Bahama and Abaco are hubs for the Bahamas ’ thriving tourism industry. The archipelago nation owes nearly 30% of its direct gross domestic

Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas
Tourists scatter as Hurricane Dorian hurls toward Bahamas

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Pauline Powell, from Dublin, had planned to stay on vacation in Grand Bahama through Sunday, but left for London early when the storm picked up. Powell, 26, said the staff at her hotel, Island Seas Resort, had already boarded up first- and second-floor windows when she headed to the airport Friday morning.

"Almost everyone has left or is leaving today by ferry or plane," Powell said.

Locals were left to seal up their homes and businesses before the storm's expected arrival this weekend.

"We've been through it before, so we know how to prepare," said Grand Bahama chocolate shop owner Amanda Ormerod, who was busy storing paperwork, covering machinery and eating her perishable ice cream sandwiches.

Jibrilu of the Tourism Ministry stressed that guests do not need to leave the Bahamian capital of Nassau or nearby Paradise Island, which are not expected to experience hurricane conditions.

In 2017, the Bahamas tourism industry sagged when hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a deadly path across the Caribbean, though they largely spared the archipelago. The World Travel and Tourism Council said the two storms caused an estimated drop of 826,100 visitors across the region.

(Reporting by Rebekah F Ward; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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