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Hurricane Dorian Update: More than 60K will need food in Bahamas

Created: September 03, 2019 02:28 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) -  Hurricane Dorian is beginning to inch northwestward after being stationary over the Bahamas, where its relentless winds have caused catastrophic damage and flooding.
    
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm has started moving about 1 mph (2 kph) Tuesday morning and its speed is expected to increase slightly later in the day.
    
Dorian's maximum sustained winds remain near 120 mph (195 kph), making it a major Category 3 hurricane.
    
The storm is centered about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Freeport in the Bahamas.

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United Nations officials estimate more than 60,000 people in the northwest Bahamas will need food following the devastation left by Hurricane Dorian.
    
A spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program said Tuesday that a team is ready to help the Bahamian government assess storm damage and prioritize needs. Herve Verhoosel says preliminary calculations show that 45,700 people in Grand Bahama island may need food, along with another 14,500 in the neighboring Abaco islands.
    
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says some 62,000 people also will need access to clean drinking water. Matthew Cochrane says about 45% of homes in Grand Bahama and Abaco were severely damaged or destroyed and the organization will help 20,000 of the most vulnerable people, including a large Haitian community.
    
    
For AP's complete coverage of the hurricane: https://apnews.com/Hurricanes .

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