Hurricane Irene Slams Bahamas
Bahamas Hit Hard by Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene has hit the Bahamas as a Category Three storm. Flights are grounded, and Bahamians who live in shanty towns are seeking refuge in shelters. The full force of Hurricane Irene is meant to hit Nassau at 10pm local time.
What makes Irene such a dangerous storm for the Bahamas is how slowly it is moving: only 12mph. This means that residents are exposed to the storm for longer.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for all of the Bahamas, and a Tropical Storm Warning remains in place for the Turks and Caicos.
Irene is expected to reach Category Four within 24 hours.
If you're in North Carolina or New England, start thinking hurricane preparedness.
“We’re just watching it decimating Crooked Island of the Bahamas, Cat Island looks like it will be in the wheelhouse tonight and Eleuthera is just going to get smashed,” said Dave Samuel, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. “Irene is a massive hurricane and that’s what’s so bad for the Bahamas. It is moving slow and it is huge.”