US braced as devastating Hurricane Irene on its way
Hurricane Irene roared across the Bahamas archipelago yesterday, largely sparing the capital but destroying property in less-populated areas.
However the category 3 storm is now raging towards the US east coast.
There were no immediate reports of major injuries or deaths but property damage appeared likely to be extensive on Acklins and Crooked islands, said Stephen Russell, director of the country's National Emergency Management Agency.
A settlement known as Lovely Bay was destroyed while at least 40 homes were badly damaged on the island of Mayaguana, the agency said. Major damage was also anticipated on the island of Eleuthera as well as Rum Cay and Cat Island.
Irene's core was forecast to continue moving over the northwestern Bahamas yesterday before heading toward the US.
Our picture, left, shows a man walking on the waterfront as the hurricane passes Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, yesterday.