Hurricane Jeanne lashed the northern Bahamas with fierce winds and torrential rains Saturday, toppling trees and inundating neighborhoods in the country's second-largest city before raging on toward Florida as a reinvigorated Category 3 storm.
Jeanne's eye made a direct hit on Abaco island and then whirled along the north coast of Grand Bahama island, while thousands of people took refuge in shelters and homes with windows boarded shut against 115 mph winds in the sixth major hurricane of the season.
Some Freeport neighborhoods were flooded under 5 feet of water on Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, said Matt Maura of the Bahamas emergency agency. The winds ripped up roofs and toppled trees, knocking out electric and telephone service. No deaths or serious injuries were immediately reported.