Sean Connery has lucky escape as Hurricane Dorian kills 20 in the Bahamas
Sir Sean Connery says he is ‘lucky’ to have escaped Hurricane Dorian unharmed after it wreaked destruction in the Bahamas.
The Bond star was on the island of New Providence when the storm hit, in his full time residence with his wife Micheline.
Though the storm largely avoided Connery’s island, torrential rain and heavy winds were recorded, and some trees were knocked down nearby.
In the larger storm, at least 30 people were killed in the category five hurricane, which battered the islands with gusts of up to 225mph. The death toll is expected to rise dramatically as the clean-up operation continues.
‘We are both fine,’ the 89-year-old actor told the Scottish Daily Mail. ‘We were lucky compared to many others and the damage here was not great. We had been prepared for the storm, everything was ready in advance – we weren’t taking any chances and knew what to do.’
The former 007 actor, who celebrated his 89th birthday on the island on Sunday, has hurricane-experienced staff who would have helped him to make preparations for the storm.
They would have barricaded him and his wife in the home, secured the windows and moved all garden furniture inside.
Sir Sean moved to the Bahamas in the 1990s, and owns a mansion in Lyford Cay, an exclusive gated community on New Providence, around 90 miles from Great Abaco, which was worst hit by the storm.
The 89-year-old actor is no stranger to tense moment on the silver screen but even he admits to being ‘lucky’ in escaping Hurricane Dorian’s wrath
The ‘shaken-not-stirred’ Bond star lives in a home (above) within a private gated community in Lyford Cay on New Providence, the most populated island in the Bahamas
Sean (left) shares the property with wife Micheline Connery (right), here they are pictured in the work studio of their private home
On Wednesday United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said around 70,000 people ‘are in immediate need of life-saving assistance’, adding that the most urgent needs are water, food, shelter and accommodation
A massive international relief effort kicked off on Thursday as the extent of the damage wrought by Dorian comes into focus through satellite images, like the one above from Great Abaco
A man carries bags of his clothes out of his home in the Abaco Islands after it was wrecked by the hurricane
Among the survivors is a British woman who was rescued after spending days trapped under the rubble of a collapsed building on Great Abaco.
She was saved by a crew from RFA Mounts Bay, an auxiliary ship staffed by civilians and members of the Royal Navy, deployed to the islands to help with the rescue effort.
After being treated by Royal Navy medics the unnamed woman was airlifted to hospital in the Bahamian capital of Nassau.
Several survivors have documented the destruction on social media as they wait for aid to arrive
A timelapse captured by astronaut Luca Parmitano shows the implosive eye of hurricane Dorian
A hurricane forms when warm, moist air over the ocean rises upward from near the waves, leaves less air near the surface
Hurricanes or tropical cyclones are like huge great engines which use moist air as fuel
The rescue team, aboard a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, also saved an American mother and her three children, including a seven-week old baby.
Five days after Hurricane Dorian hit, at least 135 people have been pulled alive from the wreckage. But the storm has left 60,000 people without food and clean water.
Last night British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government had set aside £1.5 million in assistance.
20 people have been killed in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, with death tolls expected to increase as rescue efforts continue. Extensive damage and destruction can be seen (above) in the area known as ‘The Mud’ at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, in the Bahamas.
Sissel Mosvold, left, embraces a volunteer who helped rescue her mother from her home, flooded by the waters of Hurricane Dorian, in the outskirts of Freeport, Bahamas. Virginia Mosvold, right, is brought down from a truck by volunteers
Along the decimated islands, militias have formed to respond to looting of businesses and corpses have piled up.
Officials have also ordered in hundreds of body bags as Bahamian Health Minister Duane Sands warned the official death toll ‘could be staggering’.
The death count climbed to 30 on Thursday but is expected to rise today.
A man carries boxes outside a looted supermarket. The Minister of National Security was deployed to Abaco yesterday to establish order amid reports of looting
A man picks up groceries at a looted supermarket after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas
People wait outside hospital in Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco, Bahamas. At least 30 people died in the hurricane and the number could be ‘significantly higher,’ Bahamian health minister Duane Sands told The Associated Press in a telephone interview late Thursday. The victims are from Abaco and Grand Bahama islands and include some who died from injuries after being flown to New Providence island, he said
Views from Lyford Cay (above) an area where Sean Connery and his wife reside within a gated community
A massive international relief effort was ramped up as the extent of the damage wrought by Dorian came into focus through satellite images and harrowing accounts from survivors, with volunteers from charities including World Central Kitchen transporting food relief for survivors.
Concerns of looting and violence breaking out in the islands have led to the government deploying extra security on Abaco and Grand Bahama, the northern islands.
The Minister of National Security was deployed to Abaco yesterday to establish order amid reports of looting. The island has been rendered uninhabitable by the storm.
A destroyed boat is seen at a marina after Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands in Marsh Harbor on Thursday, September 5
A man carries boxes outside a looted supermarket in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian hit, causing widespread devastation
Volunteers with World Central Kitchen transport food relief for survivors of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbor, Great Abaco on September 5
Hundreds and possibly thousands are believed to still be missing on the northern islands, parts of which were completely decimated.
The storm struck the island chain as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane on Sunday and stalled over Abaco and Grand Bahama for the following two days as 185mph winds and torrential rains ravaged countless communities.
A few hundred people sat at the partly flooded Leonard M. Thompson airport on Abaco island Thursday as small planes picked up the most vulnerable survivors, including the sick and the elderly. The evacuation was slow and there was frustration for some who said they had nowhere to go after the Category 5 hurricane splintered whole neighborhoods.