Beaufort Police Officer Curtis Resor, left, and Sgt. Micheal Stepehens check a sailboat for occupants in Beaufort, N.C. after Hurricane Dorian passed the North Carolina coast on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. Dorian howled over North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Friday — a much weaker but still dangerous version of the storm that wreaked havoc in the Bahamas — flooding homes in the low-lying ribbon of islands and throwing a scare into year-round residents who tried to tough it out. (AP Photo/Tom Copeland)

Canada sends additional military support to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

OTTAWA — The federal government says it’s providing additional emergency military support to areas in the Bahamas that were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.

Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian Armed Forces’ CC-130J Hercules aircraft was sent Friday to provide airlift support.

The large propeller-diven cargo aircraft will facilitate the deployment of the Jamaican Defence Force into the Bahamas.

A Canadian Disaster Assistance Team was sent to Nassau in the Bahamas earlier to determine how Canada can best help those affected by Hurricane Dorian along with $500,000 from the federal government.

Officials say the death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase after the Category 5 storm devastated some Bahamian communities.

Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in Nova Scotia on Saturday evening before moving into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it is expected to transform into a strong post-tropical storm.

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