Dorian closes in on Canada, as death toll in Bahamas climbs to 43
A diminished but still fearsome Dorian took aim at Canada on Saturday, toppling a large construction crane onto a building under construction in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the treacherous storm, still packing 100 mph sustained winds, closed in.
There were no immediate reports of injuries from the collapse. Toppled trees and power outages were also being reported.
In a Saturday afternoon advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Dorian, now a post-tropical cyclone — though it still packed hurricane-strength winds — was about 50 miles southwest of Halifax, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. More than 306,000 customers were in the dark, including 160,000 in the Halifax area, according to Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Meanwhile, a grim search-and-rescue effort continued in portions of the Bahamas left isolated by Dorian’s deadly wind and rain seige.
Dorian’s death toll climbed to 43 in the Bahamas and is expected to rise throughout the weekend. Hundreds remained missing on the Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands — two regions particularly hard hit by the storm — and more than 70,000 people have been left homeless.
“We acknowledge that there are many missing and that the number of deaths is expected to significantly increase," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said late Friday. “This is one of the stark realities we’re facing in our hour of darkness.”
Volunteers with cadaver dogs combed through neighborhoods leveled by Dorian, while officials coordinated with global relief agencies working to provide food and shelter to the thousands left homeless.
Security Minister Marvin Dames said authorities were working quickly to reach those who remained trapped by rubble or buried by fallen infrastructure — efforts hampered by mounds of debris.
“We have been through this before, but not at this level of devastation,” he said.
President Trump tweeted that Minnis informed him there would have been “many more casualties” without aid from the United States. He applauded the Federal Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard and the “brave people of the Bahamas” for weathering the treacherous storm.
Hurricane Dorian, in its slow-moving trek up the United States coast, brushed past Florida and battered North Carolina as a Category 1 storm with winds of 90 mph and torrential rain, triggering flooding in the area.