At least 7 deaths reported in Bahamas as Dorian moves toward US
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Seven people were killed in the Bahamas and others are missing after Hurricane Dorian made landfall this week, pounding the island nation with rain and winds as high as 185 mph.

The Associated Press reported early Wednesday that Bahamian officials say the extent of the damage and number of casualties are still unknown, as searches continue via watercraft.

“It’s total devastation. It’s decimated. Apocalyptic,” Lia Head-Rigby, leader of a local storm relief group, told the AP. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” added the Bahamas's prime minister, Hubert Minnis, according to the news service. “No effort or resources will be held back.”

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The National Weather Service (NWS) indicated early Wednesday that the storm's impact could be felt from Florida to Virginia in the U.S.

"The risk of wind and rain impacts along portions of the Virginia coast and the southern Chesapeake Bay are increasing," the NWS tweeted. "Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian."

Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane and has since been downgraded to a Category 2 storm, with landfall possible in Florida and the Carolinas on Wednesday and Thursday.

In a tweet Tuesday, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE indicated that his administration was sending storm relief crews to the Bahamas to assist with cleanup efforts even as the storm continues to bear down on the U.S.

"The U.S. may be getting a little bit lucky with respect to Hurricane Dorian, but please don’t let down your guard. As it heads up the coast, lots of very bad and unpredictable things can happen! On the other hand, the Bahamas have been devastated. We are sending crews to help!" he tweeted Tuesday afternoon.