Hurricane Dorian fast facts
- The Bahamas are recovering after Dorian decimated the islands for 48 hours, killing at least 43 people.
- Nearly 70,000 people are believed to be homeless in the Bahamas.
- The storm is expected to move northeast away from the U.S. through Saturday and become a post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds as it approaches eastern Canada.
- Hurricane-force winds are expected in portions of Nova Scotia by late Saturday.
A weaker Hurricane Dorian is now taking aim at southeastern Massachusetts as it moves toward eastern Canada. Dorian is about 205 miles south-southeast of Eastport, Maine, and 215 miles southwest of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It had 85 mph winds and was moving northeast at 29 mph.
Boats were pulled from the water in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Friday, and ferries waved their fees to bring residents on nearby islands back to the mainland.
The monster storm is blamed for at least 43 deaths in the Bahamas. It’s a number that officials warn will surely grow as thousands of people are still missing. Nearly 70,000 people are believed to be homeless on the islands, the U.N. said on Friday.
In the storm-ravaged Outer Banks of North Carolina, floodwaters have receded.
Follow live coverage of the storm below.
Watches and warnings in effect
A summary of watches and warnings in effect, via the National Hurricane Center.
- Hurricane warning: Eastern Nova Scotia from Lower East Pubnico to Brule; Western Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Hawke’s Bay
- Hurricane watch: Prince Edward Island; Magdalen Islands
- Tropical storm warning: East of Bar Harbor to Eastport, Maine; Prince Edward Island; Southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to north of Lower East Pubnico; Fundy National Park to Shediac; Stone’s Cove to Indian Harbour; Hawke’s Bay to Fogo Island; Mutton Bay to Mary’s Harbour
A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions were expected. A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions were possible.
A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions were expected within 36 hours. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions were possible within 36 hours.
A storm surge warning means there was a danger of life-threatening rising water moving inland within 36 hours. A storm surge watch means there was a possibility of life-threatening rising water within 48 hours.
Cruise ship evacuates 1,500 in Bahamas
The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line helped evacuate more than 1,500 people from Grand Bahama island. The cruise ship will bring the evacuees to West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Every donation we’ve received so far has significantly helped in our mission to bring relief and aid to our brothers and sisters on Grand Bahama Island — our beloved second home. Together with first responders and volunteers, we were able to provide Bahamian residents with food, water, personal hygiene products, medical equipment, generators, and other desperately-needed supplies.”
”Catastrophic” flooding in North Carolina
Video taken by sheriffs deputies shows an overhead view of the destruction left by Dorian as the storm passed through coastal North Carolina.
Thelma Horner, 95, nearly lost part of her home when wind gusts ripped an 80 foot tree out of the ground.
“I’m glad that it’s in the street and not in the yard,” she said.
Heavy winds on the Outer Banks ripped siding off of homes and snapped telephone poles in half. rough surf from dorian washed away a third of this long-standing pier.
First responders are conducting rescue missions in the heavily flooded Ocracoke Island. An estimated 800 residents defied evacuation orders for the island, which is only accessible by air or boat.
Governor Roy Cooper described the flooding as catastrophic. “Currently, the island has no electricity and many of the homes are still under water,” Cooper said in a news conference.
Officials in New Jersey and New York have banned swimming and surfing at their beaches while Dorian makes its way to Canada. The National Weather Service predicts ocean swells as large as 10 feet,.but some locals are not as worried.
76,000 people in need of aid in Bahamas
“CBS Evening News” landed at what’s now a shelter for survivors who have been waiting in terminal seats for days. Most are now homeless. Maxine Ferguson and her two teenage sons have been sleeping on a makeshift bed. “Abaco has always been my home,” she said.
Her home was 15 miles away. The hotel where she works is gone, too.
“If there’s nothing here, we can’t work, we can’t make money. We can’t pay bills, we can’t do nothing. I would love to come back, it hurts me to leave. But my kids,” Ferguson said.
As they wait, a group of Abacos residents wait lined up. There are 76,000 people who need aid, including survivors with medical needs, pregnant women and children are a priority to evacuate.
A few hours after CBS News met Ferguson, she was told a plane was coming for her. She wants to get to Nassau where she has family. But she said, like so many in the Bahamas, she has no home insurance and no means to rebuild.
— Nikki Battiste reports from Nassau
Dorian headed to Nova Scotia “in a hurry”
Hurricane Dorian is headed for Nova Scotia “in a hurry,” according to the 11 p.m. ET Friday advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving northeast at a pace of about 25 mph and could bring hurricane-force winds to parts of Nova Scotia by late Saturday.
Nova Scotia could get up to 7 inches of rain in isolated sections, while parts of southeastern New England and Maine could also experience some rainfall. Tropical storm conditions, including winds, could also hit the region.
”There’s nothing I could save”
CBS News saw long lines of people waiting for food and water on Grand Bahama island Friday. The crew also witnessed the devastation left behind by Dorian.
For Kenneth Knowles and his family, taking an overnight ferry home to Freeport was bittersweet. “We did suffer catastrophic damage at our business so we’re now going home to try to see what’s there,” he said.
They were aboard a vessel carrying desperately needed humanitarian aid to those hardest hit by the storm. As soon as CBS News arrived and ventured through Freeport, there were people lined up for hours in hopes of getting ice and water.
Brenda Suberallen rode out the storm in Freeport and came back to her uprooted home to salvage what she could. “There’s nothing I could save really, not a thing,” she said.
The further east, the worse it gets. Then, the only highway across the island, ends. The main highway out of Freeport has been completely devastated. A lot of people left their vehicles behind on the side of the road. That’s one reason why it’s so challenging to get aid through the country.
Keeno Lettice and his father are trying to make contact with friends they haven’t spoken with since the storm. But seeing the state of the road, they turned back.
— Errol Barnett reports from Grand Bahama island
Crews rescue stranded residents in North Carolina
A rescue is underway along the coast of North Carolina. Hundreds who refused to evacuate Ocracoke Island were stranded when Dorian slammed into the Outer Banks Friday morning.
Late Friday afternoon, the first chopper took off for Ocracoke once winds subsided to rescue the nearly 800 people trapped there. Dorian’s howling winds, torrents of rain and surging seas caught many of the hurricane hardened residents of the island by surprise.
“All of this has happened in a few minutes. It’s coming into the house. It’s coming in under the door,” one homeowner said.
People who defied a mandatory evacuation order got caught in a storm surge of up to seven feet and were forced to higher ground.
“The water levels rose so quickly literally I would say within 30 minutes we had four feet of water and it kept rising,” said Benny Lacks.
Those who were able to, left by boat.
— Omar Villafranca
Officials urged to “show your faces” in the Bahamas
A volunteer firefighter in the Bahamas called on government officials to come to the remote islands hit by Dorian. “People are getting violent, angry, upset, and we’re trying to get our government officials- if you guys do see this, please come down here and show your faces,” Greg Johnson told CBS News on Treasure Cay.
“We need you guys to show your faces here, so the people can understand and know that you guys care,” Johnson said. “At this point in time, we are on our own, and the U.S. is the only place that is helping us.”
Renowned chef José Andrés has been delivering food to people through his nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen. Andrés told CBS News he asked Bahamian authorities where they’d like him to go, and he didn’t receive a response.
Canadian Hurricane Center issues watches and warnings
The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning for eastern Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Avonport. Hurricane watches were issued for southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards, Prince Edward Island, the Magdalen Islands and southwestern Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Indian Harbour.
Tropical storm warnings were issued for Prince Edward Island and southwestern Nova Scotia from Avonport to Hubbards. Tropical storm watches were issued from Fundy National Park to Shediac, from Boat Harbour to Parson’s Pond and from Indian Harbour to Stone’s Cove.
Chef José Andrés is bringing thousands of meals to the Bahamas
Chef José Andrés, whose World Central Kitchen delivers meals after natural disasters, has taken his mission to a remote island cut off by Hurricane Dorian. CBS News went with Andrés to Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas.
Andres took off from Nassau with a helicopter full of so much water and food that some of it was in his lap.
“We are going to deliver 7,400 meals. But for me, this is half of what we are supposed to be doing already,” he said.
When he landed in Green Turtle Cay, people were waiting. On the island of just 550 people, it looked as though most every structure was damaged or destroyed. People said they have no power, and they need help.
From there, Andrés headed for Treasure Cay. A woman at the community center told the chef what they need for the community of roughly 1,500 people. “What we need is pasta, pasta sauce, can goods, rice, grits, shelf stable,” she said.
— David Begnaud
”I should have been dead”: Survivors face uncertain future in Bahamas
Neighborhoods have been destroyed after Dorian’s 185 mph winds tore through the Bahamas. Some people are just learning the fate of their loved ones.
“Glad to be alive. This is the second time in my life I should have been dead,” said Doug, a 75-year-old man who did not want to give his last name.
He told “CBS Evening News” a harrowing story of survival after his home, a boat, was swept away, leaving him in debris-filled water. He was rescued from Abaco Island Wednesday and flown to Princess Margaret Hospital, just in time, he said, to save his legs from amputation.
“I believe in God,” he said.
About 13 miles from the hospital, helicopters continue to fly in survivors, like 1-year-old Reign and her mother, Ostina Dean.
“What kept me going was the child, that was it. I looked at her and I was like no, my baby’s not going out like this,” Dean said.
Her entire family was rescued from Abaco Island on Thursday, including 11-year-old Zion. His young eyes witnessed far more than any child should ever have to.
“My heart just stop like it… I was panicking. I opened my eyes wide. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he said.
— Nikki Battiste
Coast Guard rescues 201 in the Bahamas
The U.S. Coast Guard said it has rescued a total of 201 people since Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas. They’ll keep flying into the hardest hit parts of the Bahamas for as long as they are needed.
“CBS Evening News” flew with the Coast Guard’s Seventh District over the islands hit hardest by the hurricane. Aboard the HC-144 cargo plane, the devastation is clear.
“Our primary mission is search and rescue. We can suffer some casualty to the plane to save a life but our primary mission is to save a life,” Lieutenant Julianna White said.
The Coast Guard also said it has four vessels posted near the Bahamas ready to engage with relief efforts.
The Coast Guard Air Station Miami is no stranger to these missions. In 2005, they rescued nearly 800 people following Hurricane Katrina. Lieutenant Jillian Harner said even one rescue makes all the hard work worth it.
“It’s definitely an honor. You have one case of rescues, it’s the best feeling. It makes the training you’ve done worth it,” Harner said.