Hurricane Dorian continued to pound Grand Bahama Island on Monday afternoon with catastrophic winds and storm surge as the slow-moving storm inched westward toward Florida at one mile per hour, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
The core of the hurricane will continue to impact Grand Bahama through much of Monday night.
Severe showers and thunderstorms from the outer bands of the storm will continue to impact New Providence, which includes both Nassau and Paradise Island, as well as Eleuthera and Andros.
Islands in the southeastern and central Bahamas remain unaffected, including the Exumas, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Managuan and Inagua.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors in two of our northern islands, Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands, which have been directly impacted by Hurricane Dorian," said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.
"At this time, we are doing everything we can to support these islands as first responders begin rescue efforts and assess damage. We continue to be grateful that the majority of our 700 islands and cays have been unaffected," she said.
Lynden Pindling airport in Nassau remains open. Grand Bahama airport is closed as is Leonard Thompson airport in Marsh Harbor, Abaco.
Bahamas Ferries canceled all operations and sailings until further notice. Nassau ports are open; Grand Bahama's Freeport Harbor is closed.
Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos stand ready to assist Bahamian officials if necessary, according to Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis.
According to NBCNews.com, the storm left at least five dead in the Abacos.
Dorian struck Abaco with 185 mph winds and gusts over 200 mph, and video footage showed countless homes destroyed, roofs torn off and the town of Marsh Harbor flattened by winds and storm surge.
Bahamas minister of tourism and aviation Dionisio D'Aguilar said the record high tourist arrivals that the Bahamas had been tracking over the past year are likely to "significantly" trend in the opposite direction following Dorian's passage, according to the Nassau Guardian.
"Nassau, the economic hub, will emerge relatively unscathed, but when we refer to the devastation in Abaco and Grand Bahama, people will assume that that is the entire Bahamas," D'Aguilar said at a National Emergency Management Agency press conference Monday.
He said that the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will likely mount a campaign to explain that while Abaco and Grand Bahama have been severely impacted by the catastrophic storm, the remainder of the Bahamas is open for business.