Dorian devastates Bahamas; first responders and power crews ready to deploy

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Dorian was a category 5 hurricane when it pounded the Bahamas and surrounding islands Sunday. One resident who stayed on the island took cell phone video of the flooding and damage done to his home. It shows clothes and other household items floating in inches-deep water and rain coming through what's left of the roof.

As the storm continues toward the United States, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina have issued evacuation orders.

"Think of the worse case scenario," Sheriff David Shoar in St. Johns County, Florida said. "This is a storm of storms. Don't know where it's going to hit. Don't know what the impact is going to be. But it's not going to be good if it hits or gets close to land."

In some parts of Florida, police officers even went door to door warning people to evacuate because first responders won't be able to get to them once the area floods.

"The king tide and high tide in this storm we'll go underwater for a while," Sergeant Hap Crowell with the Boynton Beach Police Department said. "Just be careful, be very careful; a lot of people let their guard down and I am not ready to do that yet."

Many residents said they plan to leave first thing Monday morning

"I am a really brave guy until it comes to something like that," Arthur Jensen said.

While many people are leaving the the coast, first responders and power crews are setting up shop there, ready to help as soon as the storm passes.

"Because when you come in, it's like Christmas," one line man said. "You open up a fresh present and you know it's Christmas day and when you pull into the neighborhood, everybody's out there waiting for you."

In Miami, search and rescue task forces have been prepping their equipment, getting trucks in strategic locations and organizing their dog teams to be ready for any and all emergencies.

"Our goal is to get to as many people as we can and as quickly as possible and hopefully be able to provide them to continue on with their lives," the task force's captain said.

Being a part of Task Force 2 in Florida is a dangerous job, but members say it's worth it.

"95 percent of our members are all firefighters from 30 different agencies from South Florida," a member of Task Force 2 said. "So our regular jobs are to help people. This is just another level of assistance. It means a lot to me and it means a lot to the 28 teams around the country to be able to provide assistance to anyone who might need it."

As Hurricane Dorian continues to head West, the WDBJ7 Weather Team will be updating everyone on air and online.

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