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.
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.
Homes left flattened by 225mph Hurricane Dorian are seen on Abaco, Bahamas[/caption]
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 DorianPeopleSearch.com, 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.
At least 30 people are reported to have died in the shocking mega-storm[/caption]
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+
BRITS LENDING HAND
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.”
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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.”
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