Hurricane Dorian remained the strongest storm ever to threaten Florida’s east coast Monday as it barreled toward the U.S. while battering the Bahamas.
Dramatic videos posted online show significant devastation in parts of the Bahamas. One video posted by Twitter user mvp242 showed a desperate mother on Great Abaco begging for prayers Sunday, after the “monster” Category 5 hurricane ripped off the roof of an apartment building that was surrounded by raging water.
“Please pray for us. Please pray for us. Everyone please pray for us. Me and my baby, everyone that stay in our apartment building, we stuck right here please pray for us,” she pleaded. “My baby is only four months old. Please pray for us. I’m begging y’all pray for us.”
It was unclear if the mother and the other residents in her apartment building were safely evacuated but The Bahamas Press reported that the first death from Hurricane Dorian was a 7-year-old boy, Lachino Mcintosh, who drowned after his family attempted to relocate from their home.
No other deaths have yet been confirmed but the publication reported that the boy’s sister is also missing.
“It’s devastating,” Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, told the Orlando Sentinel. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure.”
As Florida geared up for the arrival of the storm last Thursday, a group of Christians gathered on a beach in Jacksonville with faith that they could quell it with prayer and worship.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair