Hurricane Dorian: Residents are leaving the Bahamas after many homes destroyed

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Emergency services are helping people in flooded areas on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas.

People who live in the Bahamas are leaving the worst affected areas after Hurricane Dorian destroyed many homes.

The storm, which hit the Caribbean islands earlier this week, is weakening but is still dangerous and is making its way past the east coast of the United States.

Rescue efforts are underway with boats helping people evacuate the worst hit areas.

It was most powerful storm the Caribbean islands of the Bahamas have experienced since records began with winds of 180 mph.

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Thousands of people are attempting to flee Great Abaco and Grand Bahama, two of the worst-hit areas

As it is travelling over the Atlantic Ocean, it has weakened and been downgraded to a category one hurricane.

It is currently moving along the east coast of North America, towards Nova Scotia in Canada.

At least 43 people have died as a result of the storm and the government in the Bahamas has opened many shelters and named dozens of churches, schools and other buildings on its official lists of emergency shelters.

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Large areas of the city of Charleston in South Carolina have been flooded

It was described as "extremely dangerous" by US President Donald Trump.

Many people have experienced power cuts across the east coast and over 2.2 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

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