Irene destroys parts of the Bahamas

2011-08-25 18:15
Freeport - Hurricane Irene ripped off roofs, downed power lines and demolished homes on several islands in the Bahamas as the powerful storm roared across the southeast part of the archipelago, officials said on Thursday.

On the remote Acklins Island, where Irene's eye passed over on Wednesday, 90% of the homes in the Lovely Bay settlement were destroyed, the National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) said, with house roofs and several homes blown away.

On nearby Crooked Island, Nema received reports of wind gusts of over 160km/h and that the Colonel Hill High school's roof "was reportedly completely blown off and its windows blown out".

The island of Inagua had 52 persons in the shelter, 18 of whom are Haitian migrants, and 40 homes were severely damaged, the agency said.

On the island of Mayaguana, local officials said power was off, the road leading to the main town was becoming flooded, and a number of utility poles were down with wires exposed.

The storm was moving closer to the more populated Bahaman islands as it veered toward the US eastern seaboard.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    bahamas  |  weather

Beirut protest turns violent

2015-10-08 22:24 publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

De Allende's star burns bright
Boks were 'in a dark space'
Pacific island teams singled out for rough tactics?
Ireland favourites but France bullish
Traffic Alerts

It is always easier to notice the faults in others rather than face our own. Focusing too much on the perfect and ideal more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.