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Dorian continues to devastate Bahamas; EVEN RESCUE CREWS TAKE SHELTER.

HURRICANE Dorian has unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas, pounding the islands with wind and water.

The Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Officials said they received a "tremendous" number of calls from people in flooded homes. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23ft.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and share their GPS co-ordinates, but said rescue crews had to wait until weather conditions improved.

On nearby Abaco Island, Parliament member Renward Wells said he received reports of casualties, but officials had not been able to confirm them.

By yesterday afternoon, the storm's top sustained winds fell slightly to 150mph, and it was crawling along Grand Bahama Island at just 1mph.

Parliament member Darren Henfield described the damage as "catastrophic" and said officials did not have information on what happened in nearby cays: "We are in search-and-recovery mode. Continue to pray for us."

Forecasters said Dorian is likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early today to curve to the north-east, parallel to the south-eastern coast of the US.

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