The Bond star, 89, was at his Bahamas home where he has lived with his wife Micheline since the 1990s, when the hurricane hit. Sir Sean, who has a base on the island of New Providence, said: “We are both fine. We were lucky compared to many others and the damage here was not great. We had been prepared for the storm, everything was ready in advance – we weren’t taking any chances and knew what to do.”
The epicentre of the storm struck Great Abaco and Grand Bahama just 90 miles away from the Connerys’ home, reaching wind speeds of 225mph.
Towns were flattened, homes were torn to shreds, trees were ripped up and power lines were brought down in the storm.
Fears are the death toll will rise beyond the 30 confirmed.
Hurricane Dorian caused extensive flooding yesterday as it swept over islands off North Carolina but wind speeds had fallen to 90mph.
Ann Warner, who owns Howard’s Pub on Ocracoke Island, said: “It’s bad. The water came up to the inside of our bottom floor, which has never had water.”
Dorian is expected to remain a hurricane over the weekend. More than 370,000 people were left without electricity in the Carolinas and Virginia as the storm swept up the US east coast.
Forecasters said large and destructive waves could reach nearly to the ceilings of one-storey buildings along the 200-mile string of islands.
But the damage was far less than feared in many parts of the Carolinas, including historic Charleston, South Carolina, which is prone to flooding even from ordinary storms, and Wilmington, North Carolina, the state’s biggest coastal city.
“We prepared for the worst and that didn’t happen. That’s OK. I was a little worried back when it was a Category 3 [devastating damage will occur].We got lucky,” said Ross Page, who walked his dogs in downtown Wilmington yesterday morning.
Joseph Pawlick went out to rake leaves, twigs and other debris blown from the pavement outside his downtown Wilmington home.
He said: “I slept like a baby last night. This, thankfully, was not bad.”