HURRICANE Dorian has destroyed a legendary beach bar where Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin celebrated their engagement.
Nipper’s Beach Bar & Grill in the Abaco islands was completely destroyed by the deadly hurricane that has caused an estimate $7 billion ($5.6 billion) worth of damage in the Bahamas alone.
Nipper’s, in it’s former glory was loved by celebs and locals alike[/caption]
The bar has been ravaged by Hurricane Dorian[/caption]
Nippers, a favourite among celebs was famed for “great food, strong drinks, stunning views and incredible people,” the bar’s websites states.
“If you’ve never been, you need to experience it,” is the tagline to the bar’s impressive reputation.
‘PRAY FOR ABACO’
In 2018, Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber celebrated their engagement at the bar, which boasts two swimming pools and a dance floor that closes only when the final party-goer heads off to bed.
But Nipper’s bore the brunt of Hurricane Dorian as it tore through the Bahamas this week.
Posting updates on the deadly storm to its Facebook page, Nipper’s wrote: “Everyone that remained in Guana Cay during the hurricane is alive and trying to get through the relief and rescue situation that this hurricane has left behind,
“We have appreciated all the support from our patrons over the years… Please continue to pray for Abaco and Freeport during this devastating time.”
The once vibrant party bar, decorated with pink and blue furniture is now a pile of rubble.
The roofs covering the two bar areas have been completely blown off, a number of balconies and stairways collapsed and the once beautiful view is now littered with upended trees.
Dorian is estimated to have caused billions of dollars of damage as it has swept through North America.
The death toll now estimated to be 43, with thousands more left homeless as businesses and houses are destroyed.
DEADLY DORIAN’S PATH
Hurricane Dorian, downgraded to a Category 1 but still packing 90 mph winds, crawled north on Friday, skirting the North and South Carolinas.
Floodwaters rose to a foot or more in parts of the historic South Carolina city of Charleston, where more than 7 in of rain fell in some areas.
It comes after Dorian hit Florida’s east coast – whipping up 110mph winds that prompted Disney World to close.
The Category 2 storm began creeping up the shore 95 miles off Cape Canaveral on Tuesday – having already devastated the Bahamas.
The 225mph monster storm effectively parked itself the archipelago’s Abaco Islands earlier this week bringing near-total devastation.
Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final number of Bahamian deaths once the storm’s devastation is officially taken stock of.
“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” he told local radio.
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.
It’s not rebuilding something that was there – we have to start again
Lia Head Rigby
The storm’s punishing winds and shocking floodwaters destroyed or severely damaged 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.”
In Florida, Walt Disney World closed its four theme parks by mid-afternoon on Tuesday amid fears for tourist safety.
The storm is currently over North Carolina and pushing towards Florida.
US Federal Emergency Management Agency official Carlos Castillo said: “Don’t tough it out. Get out.”
But even if the storm’s epicentre doesn’t make landfall, Americans were warned storm surge would likely cause flooding up the east coast.
The US coast from north of West Palm Beach, Florida, through Georgia was expected to get up to nine inches in places.
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And the Carolinas could get up to 15 inches of rain, the National Hurricane Centre said.
Across the southeastern US, motorways leading away from beaches in South Carolina and Georgia were turned into one-way evacuation routes.
Several airports announced closings, and hundreds of flights were cancelled.
Dorian’s devastating effects on the Guana Gay beach, seen from above[/caption]
A number of trees were upended as the storm tore through buildings[/caption]
The idyllic beach is now littered with rubble[/caption]
Nipper’s was a big hit with holidaymakers[/caption]
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