Famous D.C. chef and restaurateur José Andrés is in the Bahamas as his charity gears up to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Andrés posted a video on Twitter around the time that the Dorian, then a Category 5 storm, began battering northwestern islands with lashing rain and winds up to 185 mph.
"Let's pray for everybody in Abaco and Grand Bahamas," he said. Those two areas in line to get the worst of "catastrophic conditions" from the massive storm.
Although the chef said he was about 80 miles away from the eye of the hurricane, Andrés' video shows him weathering extreme conditions.
We @WCKitchen are 80 miles from #HurricaneDorian eye & feeling this!! Imagine what the people of Abaco+Grand Bahamas will experience! Bahamas @opmthebahamas Goverment will need major help! @ClintonGlobal @RedCross @TeamRubicon ...Florida should also get ready for major winds! pic.twitter.com/lIa9ghhUdk— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) September 1, 2019
Andrés' relief organization World Central Kitchen is expected to bring food to affected areas once the hurricane has moved north. The organization said it's ready to respond from several kitchens across the islands and will bring in a team from Florida if needed.
"If kitchens are destroyed, we build one and cook in big paella pans," Andrés said on Twitter.