Hurricane Dorian has killed at least five people in the Bahamas

“This is probably the saddest and worst day for me to address the Bahamian people,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in a tweet.

DorianHurricane Dorian stalled over the Bahamas on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction as the Category 5 storm pounded the island with wind gusts of 220 mph and a 23 foot storm surge.

Forecasters say Dorian has slowed over the Bahamas, with the storm’s top sustained winds decreasing slightly to 165 mph. The National Hurricane Center said in a statement that wind gusts of up to 200 mph and storm surges of up to 23 feet above normal tide levels will continue through most of the day on Monday, causing “extreme destruction on the island.” Video posted online showed gusts of wind toppling trees, flipping cars and some homes left completely underwater.

“This is a life-threatening situation. Residents on Grand Bahama Island should not leave their shelter when the eye passes over, as winds will rapidly increase on the other side of the eye,” the National Hurricane Center said in an update Monday morning.

“Residents in the Abacos should continue to stay in their shelter until conditions subside later today,” the center added.

“This is probably the saddest and worst day for me to address the Bahamian people,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis in a tweet. “We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas. Please pray for us.”

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