Hurricane Dorian victim describes watching his wife drown as 225mph mega storm ravaged the Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian victim describes watching his wife drown as 225mph mega storm ravaged the Bahamas

- in Usa News

A DEVASTATED Hurricane Dorian victim has described watching his wife drown as the 225mph mega storm ravaged the Bahamas.

Fisherman Howard Armstrong told how he and his wife Lynn were sheltering in their home in Freeport, Grand Bahama, when the floodwaters came.

Howard Armstrong told how his wife drowned in front of his eyes

Howard Armstrong told how his wife drowned in front of his eyes[/caption]

He described how a 21ft wall of water struck their home, leaving the couple stranded inside with the water rising.

Howard told CNN: “We were doing all right until the water kept coming up and all the appliances were going around the house, like the washing machine.”

He revealed his wife began suffering hypothermia as they waited for hours to be rescued.

He said: “She was standing on top of the kitchen cabinets until they disintegrated.

“And then I kept with her, and she just drowned on me.”

The distraught husband then somehow managed to get out of the flooded home.

He spotted his fishing boat miraculously still tied to its mooring – despite the storm capsizing other vessels and hurling them inland – and swam to it.

Howard said he’d lived in Freeport for 58 years and had “battled many a hurricane,” but had never seen flooding like this.

Hurricane Dorian bulldozed the Bahamas, killing at least seven people – with that grim body count expected to rise.

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Volunteers wade down a flooded road to rescue families in Freeport, Grand Bahama[/caption]

A visibly distressed woman is helped to safety in Freeport, Grand Bahama
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Bahamians used jet skis to rescue people in flooded Grand Bahama island
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Matthew Aylen is rescued from a flooded home in Freeport, Bahamas[/caption]

The Bahamas PM called it ‘one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history’
A man talks on his mobile next to a boat thrown onshore by the hurricane in Freeport, Grand Bahama
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Julia Aylen and her dog are rescued from her home in Freeport, Bahamas[/caption]

The storm’s punishing winds and muddy brown floodwaters destroyed or severely damaged thousands of homes, crippled hospitals and trapped people in attics.

Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief group and flew over the Bahamas’ hard-hit Abaco Islands, said: “It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic.

“It’s not rebuilding something that was there – we have to start again.”

She said her representative on Abaco told her there were “a lot more dead,” though she had no numbers as bodies are being gathered.

The Bahamas’ prime minister also expected more deaths and predicted that rebuilding would require “a massive, coordinated effort”.

Hubert Minnis said: “We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history.

“No effort or resources will be held back.”

Aerial shots show the devastation caused to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas
The death toll is still expected to rise in the Bahamas

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A car is submerged in water from Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas[/caption]

Five Coast Guard helicopters ran near-hourly flights to the stricken Abaco, flying more than 20 injured people to the capital’s main hospital.

The Royal Navy is also rushing in aid, while the UK Government sent in a team of humanitarian experts to offer their help.

A few private aid groups also tried to reach the battered islands in the northern Bahamas.

Tammy Mitchell of the Bahamas’ National Emergency Management Agency told ZNS Bahamas radio station: “We don’t want people thinking we’ve forgotten them. … We know what your conditions are.”

But with airports flooded and roads impassable, desperate rescue efforts are being severely hampered.

Locals rescued used jet skis and bulldozers as they were forced to improvise to reach those trapped.

Meanwhile deadly Dorian smashed into Florida’s east coast last night – whipping up 110mph winds that prompted Disney World to close.

The Category 2 vortex began creeping up the shore 95 miles off Cape Canaveral on Tuesday.

In Florida, Walt Disney World closed its four theme parks by mid-afternoon on Tuesday amid fears for tourist safety.

Homes have been destroyed on the Bahamas
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Seven people have been killed including a young boy

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Category 2 Hurricane Dorian smashed into the east coast of Florida last night after devastating the Bahamas[/caption]

The hurricane is set to batter the US after moving away from the Bahamas
The hurricane is set to batter the US after moving away from the Bahamas

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