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Images of destruction, reports of fatality as Hurricane Dorian slams Bahamas

Last Updated Sep 2, 2019 at 7:56 am PST

Strong winds move the palms of the palm trees at the first moment of the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday Sept. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Local media is reporting a young boy has been killed in the storm, and his sister is missing

Images of widespread destruction are being posted on social media

MCLEAN’S TOWN CAY, Bahamas (NEWS 1130) – Hurricane Dorian is continuing its slow, devastating slog over the Bahamas.

Early Monday, the US National Hurricane Center in Miami said the eye of the powerful Category 5 storm was virtually parked over Grand Bahama Island — crawling west at only two kph as it dumped rain and lashed the island with destructive 265 kph winds.

The centre says Dorian’s core will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island into Monday night. The hurricane will then move “dangerously close” to Florida through Wednesday evening.

Local media outlets are reporting one fatality as a result of the storm. A woman says her young grandson likely drowned in the storm surge, and her granddaughter is missing as well.

Videos of leveled neighbourhoods are starting to show up on social media, including flipped cars, downed power lines, and roofs ripped off of homes.

Speaking on ZNS TV, Bahamanian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis asked people to pray for those who did not heed evacuation orders.

“This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life… as a physician, I’ve been trained to withstand many things, but never anything like this,” he said.

Nearly 1,000 flights have been cancelled in Florida on the Labor Day long weekend.

With files from the Associated Press