Evacuations begin as Dorian bears down on northern Bahamas

first_img Hurricane Dorian shut down some hotels in the northern Bahamas and forced some evacuations Saturday as the fierce Category 4 storm prepared to unleash torrents of rain and howling winds but was projected to spin farther away from the coast of the Southeast U.S. next week.Forecasters expect Dorian, packing 150 mph (240 kph) winds, to hit the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday before curving upward. The storm’s march north could spare the U.S. a direct hit but still threatens Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas with powerful winds and rising ocean water that causes potentially deadly flooding. The Bahamas still recovering one year after Hurricane Dorian Recommended Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Related Articles:Category 4 Dorian bears down on Bahamas, may skirt Florida Author: TIM AYLEN/APWriter:WINK News Published: August 31, 2019 5:39 PM EDT center_img Investigation says NOAA leadership violated integrity policies during Trump’s Hurricane Dorian map scandal In the northern Bahamas, any remaining tourists were sent to government shelters in schools, churches and other buildings offering protection from the storm.“My home is all battened up, and I’m preparing right now to leave in a couple of minutes. … We’re not taking no chances,” said Margaret Bassett, 55, a ferry boat driver for the Deep Water Cay resort who chose to leave her home. “They said evacuate, you have to evacuate. It’s for the best interests of the people.”Over two or three days, the hurricane could dump as much as 4 feet (1 meter) of rain, unleash devastating winds and whip up an abnormal and dangerous rise in sea level called storm surge, according to private meteorologist Ryan Maue and some of the most reliable computer models.Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis warned that Dorian is a “devastating, dangerous storm.”In the northern Bahamas, small skiffs rented by authorities ran back and forth between outlying fishing communities and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes on the eastern end of Grand Bahama, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida’s Atlantic coast.Most were coming from Sweeting Cay, a fishing town of a few hundred people that’s about 5 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level and was expected to be left completely underwater.A few fishermen planned to stay, which could put them in extreme danger.“Hoping for the best, that the storm passes and everybody is safe until we return home,” fisherman Tyrone Mitchell said.Jeffrey Allen, who lives in the city of Freeport on Grand Bahama, said he’s learned after several storms that sometimes predictions don’t materialize, but it’s wise to take precautions.“It’s almost as if you wait with anticipation, hoping that it’s never as bad as they say it will be, however, you prepare for the worst nonetheless,” he said.Fears weren’t as great in the capital of Nassau after the storm moved north, said Barbara Carey, owner of a tourist company. She said people there were stocking up on supplies.The storm-prone Bahamas on average faces a direct hit from a hurricane every four years, officials say.Construction codes require homes to have metal reinforcements for roof beams to withstand winds into the upper limits of a Category 4 hurricane, and compliance is generally tight for residents who can afford it. Poorer communities typically have wooden homes and are generally lower-lying, placing them at tremendous risk.After walloping the northern islands, forecasters said Dorian was expected to dance up the Southeast coastline, staying just off the shores of Florida and Georgia on Tuesday and Wednesday before skirting South Carolina and North Carolina on Thursday.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday, mobilizing state resources to prepare for potential storm effects. President Donald Trump already declared a state of emergency in Florida and authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster-relief efforts.The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the risk of strong winds and rising water will increase along the shores of Georgia and the Carolinas by midweek.The center also stressed that Dorian could still hit Florida, where millions of people have been in the storm’s changing potential path. But after days of predictions that put the state in the center of expected landfalls, the hurricane’s turn northeast is significant.Carmen Segura, 32, said she had installed hurricane shutters at her house in Miami, bought extra gas and secured water and food for at least three days. She feels well prepared and less worried given the latest forecasts but still uneasy given the unpredictability of the storm.“Part of me still feels like: So, now what?” Segura said.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and federal officials warned people not to let their guard down.“Looking at these forecasts, a bump in one direction or the other could have really significant ramifications in terms of impact,” DeSantis said.David Bibo of FEMA echoed the call to stay vigilant as the storm becomes “a long-duration nail-biter for folks throughout the southeastern United States.”The storm upended some Labor Day weekend plans: Major airlines allowed travelers to change their reservations without fees, big cruise lines began rerouting their ships and Cumberland Island National Seashore off Georgia closed to visitors.Disney World and Orlando’s other resorts held off announcing any closings, with Dorian days away and its track uncertain.Sherry Atkinson, who manages a hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, said the hurricane wasn’t spoiling holiday vacations for guests. She said she’s lived on the Outer Banks for 26 years and that “so far, there hasn’t even been a snippet of conversation about evacuations.”Some counties in Florida told residents of barrier islands, mobile homes and low-lying areas to expect evacuations in coming days.Dorian was centered 385 miles (625 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach and was moving west at 8 mph (13 kph).In the Bahamas, canned food and bottled water disappeared quickly from shelves and some people boarded up their homes.“We ask for God’s guidance and for God to assist us through this,” Minnis said.___Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein in Washington; Michael Weissenstein in Havana, Cuba; Adriana Gomez Licon in Miami; Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; Julie Walker in New York, Michael Kunzelman in College Park, Maryland; and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis contributed to this report. McLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (AP) Evacuations begin as Dorian bears down on northern Bahamas SHARElast_img read more

Star Lager Lights up Manchester Derby in Lagos, Kaduna

first_imgHowever, goals from Anthony Martial and Scot McTominay saw United completing a double over City for the first time in over a decade.The same way fans; especially the United faithful were having a fun-filled day at Old Trafford, those present at the Star Live Arena in Lagos and Kaduna were equally enjoying the noble treat being offered through Star’s latest sports initiative to connect with its consumers through passion points, like football.Apart from the giant screens, food, drinks and music, there were also a lot of prizes given out by Star Lager as it continues in its tradition of rewarding passionate football fans and its loyal customers.Among other things, bags of rice, footballs, jerseys, fridge and a big rechargeable fan was won by lucky fans.Fans were also made instant stars as they were given the chance to air their opinions live on Africa’s first Sports Radio, Brila FM.One of the lucky winners of a bag rice Okunola Olarenwaju expressed delight not only at his prize but the whole atmosphere provided by Star LagerHe said: “This is a very commendable initiative, Star knows Nigerians love football and they are ensuring we enjoy the game with their beer, I say kudos to them”The Star Live Arena is a new platform in partnership with Man. City in which Star Lager Beer offers fans an immersive experience of the Premier League as well as other competitions involving Manchester City in bars around them.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s foremost beer brand, Star Lager Beer at the weekend provided another unforgettable moment for fans as the fourth Manchester Derby for the season was played at Old Trafford.Hosting enthusiastic fans simultaneously at the Star Live Arena in Lagos and Kaduna, the leading beer brand provided the perfect atmosphere to savour another great game between two local rivals who have enjoyed their fair share of dominance in English football and beyond.Coming from their heroics in the Carabao Cup which they have now won three times in a row, many had put their money on Manchester City to carry the day especially having lost the reverse fixture earlier in the season at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more