Irene batters Bahamas

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene has destroyed homes in the Bahamas while roaring over the Carribean archipelago.

As ranked by experts, Irene is a category three storm at present, with winds of up to 185km/h. It is expected to gain strength as it makes its way toward America’s east coast.

According to sources, Lovely Bay settlement, based on Acklins Island, was devastated but there have thankfully been no immediate reports of any casualties. Understandably, the huge storm has brought nothing but flooding and power cuts around the Caribbean.

At 15:00 GMT today, Irene was located just 115km north north-east from the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Forecasters say that the storm was approaching the island of Abaco in the north-west part of the Bahamas.

Irene’s path is expected to make sure it is taken well offshore of Florida’s east coast and central and northern Florida on Thursday, according to the NHC. By Saturday, it will be approaching North Carolina’s coast.

As mentioned briefly, Lovely Bay on the island of Acklins in southern Bahamas was badly struck, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

Homes have been completely washed away and if not, then they have lost their roofs, said the Tribune Newspaper. Power lines have also been downed and masses of trees are blocking roads.

Crooked Island experienced wind gusts of over 160km/h, with one school’s roof blown off with its windows blown out, according to NEMA. On Mayaguana Island, Hurricane Irene knocked out electric and damaged 40 houses, at least.

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