Hurricane Dorian – Sean Connery, 89, reveals he was ‘lucky’ to survive after his Bahamas mansion escaped worst of 225mph megastorm

Hurricane Dorian – Sean Connery, 89, reveals he was ‘lucky’ to survive after his Bahamas mansion escaped worst of 225mph megastorm

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SIR Sean Connery has revealed he was “lucky” to survive after his Bahamas mansion escaped the worst of Hurricane Dorian.

The 225mph mega-storm battered the Caribbean island nation for two days, causing widespread devastation.

Sir Sean Connery at his home in the Bahamas before the hurricane struck
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The deadly vortex left “apocalyptic” scenes in its wake, reducing homes to rubble with thousands feared dead.

The Bond star, 89, was at his home on the island of New Providence, where he has lived with his wife Micheline since the 1990s, when Dorian struck.

But his mansion survived the worst of the storm – with its epicentre just missing the island and instead striking Great Abaco and Grand Bahama, just 90 miles away.

Sir Sean told the Scottish Daily Mail: “We are both fine. We were lucky compared to many others and the damage here was not great.

“We had been prepared for the storm, everything was ready in advance – we weren’t taking any chances and knew what to do.”


In Great Abaco, Dorian’s deadly winds tore homes to shreds – with shocking aerial images showing entire towns virtually flattened.

The wooden-built properties were completely shredded as the mega-storm bulldozed towns and villages, ripping up trees and felling power lines.

And in Grand Bahama, torrential rain and storm surges left much of the island completely submerged.

One local fisherman told how he watched his wife drown in front of him after their home was swamped by a rising torrent of water.

Sir Sean said he was ‘lucky’ his home wasn’t destroyed by the deadly storm
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The Bond star, 89, said he was well prepared and the damage ‘was not great’
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Homes flattened by 225mph Hurricane Dorian are seen in Abaco, Bahamas
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Homes left flattened by 225mph Hurricane Dorian are seen on Abaco, Bahamas[/caption]

A woman comforts a sobbing man whose eight relatives are missing
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A boat stranded on land in the wake of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas

The death toll officially sits at 30 but officials expected that to rise dramatically over the coming days.

Last night Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final number.

He told local radio: “The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering.”

On social media thousands are still listed as missing as British and American rescue teams hunt through the rubble for survivors.

People are also using websites such as, which currently lists the names of more than 5,500 missing people.


In a grim development officials in the Bahamas have deployed a team of morticians loaded with body bags to the Abaco Islands, the BBC reports.

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

Terrifying time-lapse footage has now emerged which shows the killer storm barrelling across the Atlantic and over the Bahamas before heading towards the US coast.

Mark Lowcock, the United Nations’ under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, estimates about 70,000 people in the northern Bahamas now need vital help.

But with no functioning water systems in accessible areas, workers had not been able to establish a permanent rescue site on the Abacos.

Dorian left a trail of destruction in its wake with thousands feared dead
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At least 20 people are reported to have died in the mega-storm
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At least 30 people are reported to have died in the shocking mega-storm[/caption]

Hurricane Dorian tore buildings in the Bahamas apart with its 225mph winds
Two friends cry and hug as they find each other in the aftermath of Dorian
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People shelter inside a church after their homes were destroyed by Dorian
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Boats are piled where they were hurled by the storm in Great Abaco, Bahamas
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Huge areas are still flooded after the deadly storm ravaged the Bahamas
Marsh Harbour in The Bahamas before and after the deadly storm
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Turtle Cay in The Bahamas before and after being devastated by Dorian
A looted supermarket in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
A destroyed boat is seen at a marina after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

How hurricanes are measured

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed.

  • A Category 1 storm has sustained winds of 74-95 mph
  • A Category 2 storm has sustained winds of 96-110 mph
  • A Category 3 storm has sustained winds of 111-129 mph
  • A Category 4 storm has sustained winds of 130-156mph
  • A Category 5 storm has sustained winds of 156mph+


Volunteers from British disaster response charity Team Rubicon UK are in the Bahamas to help some of the 76,000 people worst affected by Dorian.

They will use their specialist military backgrounds to get aid to the most cut-off communities.

Paul Taylor, Team Rubicon UK Operations Response Manager and an Afghanistan veteran, said: “Where Team Rubicon UK can help, we will – but we need support from the public to do so, so we’d appreciate if people could spare a few pounds.”

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

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.”

Brit servicemen unload emergency supplies for locals in Great Abaco
Brit servicemen provide medical treatment to one man after Hurricane Dorian
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Brit members of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team work with a Bahamian soldier

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