Residents of the northern Bahamas, some trapped on the roofs of homes, have sent out pleas for help after Hurricane Dorian stalled over the area.

Dorian fell in strength this morning to category three, but Grand Bahama Island faced at least another day of heavy rain, high winds and storm surges.

According to the BBC, the storm killed at least five people when it hit the Abaco Islands at category five with 185 miles per hour winds.

The eastern US coast remains on alert for Dorian to move in that direction.

Bahamas’ Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis at an evening news conference was quoted as saying “We are in the midst of a historic tragedy; our focus is search, rescue and recovery. I ask for your prayers for those in affected areas and for our first responders.”

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