Hurricane Dorian impacting many people around the world, including Queen Elizabeth. As the head of state in the Bahamas, the monarch shared a heartwarming message to her official Instagram account about how “shocked and saddened” she was to learn about the hurricane’s destruction in the Caribbean.

Prince Philip and I have been shocked and saddened to learn of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, and we send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives following this terrible storm,” the 93-year-old wrote on Tuesday, September 3.

“At this very difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have seen their homes and property destroyed,” the queen continued. “And I also send my gratitude to the emergency services and volunteers who are supporting the rescue and recovery effort. Elizabeth R.”

Hurricane Dorian was classified as a Category 5 storm and on Sunday, September 1, it came though the Bahamas and left nothing but wreckage in its path. According to The National Hurricane Center, the storm has been moving in a north-northwest direction since it hit the Caribbean island.

Plus, if you’re in an area where a Storm Surge Warning is in effect then the hurricane center asks you take extreme precaution when evacuating. “A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations,” they said.

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“Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions,” they added, admitting that anyone in danger should “promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.”

At this point, seven people have died in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, with experts telling CNN that they expect that toll to rise in the coming days.