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Bahamas PM Says Dorian Death Toll Climbs To 7, East Coast Hunkering Down

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A family is escorted to a safe zone after they were rescued as Hurricane Dorian continues to rain in Freeport, Bahamas, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. The center of Hurricane Dorian is finally moving away from Grand Bahama island.

The prime minister of the Bahamas says the death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen from five to seven, but the full scale of the disaster remains unknown.

Hubert Minnis says the deaths involved two people who were injured earlier and taken to New Providence Island. He spoke late Tuesday at a news conference.

Minnis said he flew over the Abaco Islands and expects to do the same in Grand Bahama as soon as the weather clears.

In Abaco, he saw groups of people waving yellow sheets and shirts.

He said 60 percent of homes were damaged in Marsh Harbor and that at least one community was completely destroyed.

Meanwhile, Dorian was scraping the central part of Florida's east coast as it tracked offshore.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian is about 110 miles east of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Maximum sustained winds are being clocked at 110 mph. It's moving to the northwest at 6 mph.

Dorian virtually stalled over the northwestern Bahamas in recent days as a Category 5 storm that caused widespread devastation in parts of the island archipelago. It was the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the Bahamas. 

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