Conditions have deteriorated in the Abacos as dangerous category 5 Hurricane Dorian barrels toward the area.
On Guana Cay, most locals have opted to stay despite an appeal by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for the cays to be evacuated.
Troy Albury, a Guana Cay resident, said eight people left aboard a free ferry yesterday and about 150 opted to stay.
Albury, who makes a living on the sea, said eight people are in the island’s school, which is being used as a shelter.
Asked why he and his wife decided to stay, Albury said, “Our house is built solid. It’s more than 15 feet above sea level. My house isn’t going anywhere.”
He added, “We’ve been through four storms.”
Albury’s wife, Maria, remarked that the sea was already “horrendous”.
Landfall is projected late this morning or early afternoon.
Forecasters say there are no signs as the storm weakening as it hits Abaco.