04/09/2019 8:55 AM IST

See Photos Of Hurricane Dorian's Destruction In The Bahamas

The record-breaking storm has claimed at least five lives in the Caribbean nation.

Hurricane Dorian continued to pummel the Bahamas on Tuesday, submerging more than half of the Caribbean nation under water and claiming at least five lives so far. 

Moving at a glacial pace, the storm has lingered over the Bahamas since Monday and isn’t expected to clear the islands until midnight Tuesday. Meanwhile, thousands of people have made distress calls to radio stations looking for refuge from the storm and help to escape their flooded homes.

“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Tuesday. “No effort or resources will be held back.” 

See photos of the unfolding disaster below: