It's tied the record for the largest Atlantic hurricane to ever make landfall with sustained winds of 300 km/h and wind gusts up to 355 km/h, and Hurricane Dorian is still making its presence felt across the Bahamas Monday moring.
The Bahamas Press says the first victim of the storm is seven-year-old Lachino Mcintosh. Reports say the boy drowned as his family attempted to relocate their home. The boy's sister is still missing.
First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco....— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 2, 2019
BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh's sister is missing pic.twitter.com/UQ99XPlBEa
'Like nothing I have ever been through'
Government officials provided updates on Monday morning as the storm continues to batter the Great Abaco Island of the Bahamas.
Silbert Mills, the owner of the Bahamas Christian Network, tells CBN the storm is, "Like nothing I have ever been through. It really feels like you are helpless and that you have to depend solely on the mercy of the good Lord who has full control over nature and the elements of nature we can never understand."
"Our focus right now is rescue, recovery and prayer."
The Bahamas minister of foreign affairs, Darren Henfield, provided a video update just after 8 a.m. Monday. He says that the damage is "catastrophic" and there have been many unconfirmed reports of deaths on the island.
JUST IN: video coming from the Abacos.— ZNS Bahamas (@ZNSBahamas242) September 2, 2019
(1/2) “We’re holding strong, we’re just asking you to continue to pray for us.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs and North Abaco MP, Honorable Darren Henfield addressing the current state of Abaco.#HurricaneDorian2019 #Abaco pic.twitter.com/QfJPb3FESP
Unconfirmed reports of several casualties
"From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage along the front strip from Marsh Harbour," Henfield says. "We have reports of casualties. We have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and have a look for ourselves.
"People have been coming from all four angles toward this place. We also have people sheltered in the clinic in Marsh Harbour. It is packed to capacity as I understand. Some injuries have been reported.
"We are holding strong we are asking you to continue to pray for us."
The Bahamian Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Alexander Minnis, also asked for prayers on behalf of the nation. In a tweet, he called Sunday "the saddest and worst day. We are facing a hurricane that we have never seen in The Bahamas. Please pray for us."
In another tweet, Minnis says, "Our focus right now is rescue, recovery and prayer."
The Guardian reports that upwards of 13,000 homes have severely damaged by the storm.