Boy, 7, dies as monster Hurricane Dorian smashes into Bahamas with 220mph winds

Hurricane Dorian: 1.5 million evacuated as life threatening hurricane hits Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian is expected to cause catastrophic damage (Pictures: REX/Getty)

A catastrophic hurricane has slammed into the Bahamas with winds of up to 220mph and storm surge waves measuring 20ft above normal tide levels.

Life-threatening Catergory 5 Hurricane Dorian is expected to cause widespread flooding on Grand Bahama Island before it barrels towards the US.

The National Hurricane Centre this morning tweeted to say the monster storm will cause extreme destruction and continue for several hours.

This morning the Bahamas Press reported that a boy aged 7 was the first person known to have died in the hurricane.

It reports Lachino Mcintosh drowned while his family attempted to leave their home in the Abacos, Bahamas.

His sister is missing, the Bahamas Press said.

This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas and Florida at 12:00 UTC on September 1, 2019. - Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a catastrophic Category 5 storm September 1, 2019, packing 160 mph (267 kph) winds as it was about to slam into the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, US weather forecasters said. "#Dorian is now a category 5 #hurricane with 160 mph sustained winds," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a tweet."The eyewall of this catastrophic hurricane is about to hit the Abaco Islands with devastating winds," it said. (Photo by HO / NOAA/RAMMB / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHO/AFP/Getty Images

The eye of Hurricane Dorian was visible as it hit the Bahamas on Sunday (Picture: AFP)

BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh's sister is missing

Lachino Mcintosh, 7, drowned after his family attempted to flee their home (Picture: handout)

Residents of Grand Bahama, where the hurricane has made landfall, are encouraged not to leave their shelters when the eye of the hurricane passes over.

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Residents of the Abacos, where Dorian first hit, are advised to remain in their shelters until conditions subside later today.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ordered all tourists to leave the Bahamas and in an emotional news conference on Sunday said: This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life.

He called Dorian a monster storm and added: Were facing a hurricane, one that weve never seen in the history of the Bahamas.

The centre of the storm is around 45 miles east of Freeport on Grand Bahama and around 130 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida.

The National Hurricane Centre called the storm 'life-threatening' (Picture: Alicia Nesbitt/Facebook)

The National Hurricane Centre called the storm life-threatening (Picture: Alicia Nesbitt/Facebook)

Storm surge flooding is expected (Picture: Andy Simancas/Twitter)

Storm surge flooding is expected (Picture: Andy Simancas/Twitter)

It is estimated up to 1.5million people could be ordered to flee the US coastline.

Georgias governor Brian Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation of the states entire Atlantic coastline starting at noon on Monday.

His executive order covers all residents located east of the Interstate 95 corridor on Georgias Atlantic seaboard, he tweeted overnight.

The evacuation begins at noon local time – around 5pm in the UK – and comes as powerful Hurricane Dorian crawls ever closer to the US Southeast.

Dorian would mark the third time since 2016 that hurricane evacuations have been ordered for all of coastal Georgia.

Roughly 540,000 people live on the states 100-mile coast. Areas be evacuated include parts of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties.

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Evacuations have been ordered as Hurricane Dorian is forecast to hit the US south coast (Picture: Weather.com)

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South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has also ordered the evacuation of the state and said he is taking no chances despite forecasts saying that the storm will move parallel to the coast.

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