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Hurricane Dorian destroys homes in the Bahamas

The most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began has torn roofs from buildings and caused severe flooding.

The slow-moving, category five Dorian – the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record – is now packing sustained winds of up to 175mph (280km/h).

A “life-threatening” storm surge of 23ft (7m) is predicted in places.

The hurricane is moving slowly westwards and may hit areas of the eastern US seaboard.

The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.

There is no official word from the Bahamas yet on casualties.

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