Written by Brooke Thompson
Hurricane Dorian was predicted to be one of the scariest storms in U.S. history, affecting not only the U.S., but creating immense damage in the Bahamas. People had known about the storm for several days, leading people to prepare for destruction throughout the country. The major effects of the hurricane in the Bahamas led the people of the United States to believe the damage was going to be just as bad for them. Fortunately, the hurricane moved steadily across the coast of Florida and the Carolinas, but still produced a tremendous amount of ruin.
Hurricane Dorian, which is now a category two storm, started by attacking the Bahamas on Sunday, September 1. This has been the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas. The death toll due to the hurricane rose to 20, and as the storm passed through the Bahamas it was a category five with 185 mph winds. To try to help the survivors, the Bahamian Government sent police officers and marines as well as doctors to the islands. In addition, organizations such as the Red Cross sent food and supplies to the people. The U.S. government was also involved and sent search and rescue teams to find survivors.
The hurricane slowly moved toward Florida hitting the coast, and dropping to a category three overnight, but still causing devastating destruction. Though, no reports of major damage came in, Hurricane Dorian continued to head north, with rainfall persisting from Florida to Georgia. The hurricane left the Florida coast on September 4, discontinuing the warnings and evacuations. There were also strong winds in Georgia and the Carolinas occurred due to the tropical storm. On September 5, the center of the hurricane was aimed at hitting the South Carolina coast, but the storm weakened as evening approached and slowly started to move away from the shore.
Thousands of homes from Georgia to Virginia, lost power due to this terrifying storm. The Carolinas received 15 inches of rain with flash flooding. Around three million people in these areas were ordered to evacuate, but the orders were soon discontinued due to the storm’s eventual passing. There have been three Orange County deaths along with two others in North California and Florida. This hurricane has already impacted so many lives, and will continue to do so. Overall, it has tied for the strongest Atlantic storm to hit land according to CBS News, matching the Labor Day hurricane that hit Florida’s Gulf Coast in 1935. Below is a picture of the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, a shattering and traumatic blow to the country’s physical and emotional well being.
Photo: CBS news