Hurricane Dorian: Hurricane Dorian cuts a deadly path through the Bahamas and eastern U.S. leaving thousands devastated


     On August 24 a tropical depression began to form in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of northern South America that soon became hurricane Dorian, which tread a deadly path through the Caribbean. 

     Dorian moved northeast from its origin and wreaked havoc on the Caribbean Islands, including the Bahamas, which took the brunt end of the cyclone.

     Having to deal with the worst of the storm, the Bahamas met with complete wreckage and demolition. Dorian made landfall on Friday, August 30, leaving its residents wading in flood water and victim to terrors of the category 5 hurricane. At least 50 people have died as a result of Dorian and more are expected to as rescue efforts continue which have been halted due to damaged infrastructure. The Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama were hit hardest and have over 70,000 left homeless on them.

     After tracing the southeast coast of the U.S., Dorian hit South and North Carolina. As the category 1 storm, Dorian, made landfall on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on Friday, September 6; it left the Carolinas with life threatening floods and powerful gusts of wind of up to 90 miles per hour. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, more than 200,000 households and businesses were left without power as a result of Dorian. 

     On Saturday, September 7, 1,500 victims of the Bahamas relocated to Florida.

     On early Sunday, September 8, the cyclone continued to make its way along the east coast and across to New England as a category 1 hurricane as it made landfall near Sambo Creek in Nova Scotia, Canada. Dorian classified as a post-tropical cyclone brought heavy rains and powerful winds across the Canadian province. The surf threatens to affect Canada’s coast for the next few days, 378,735 customers were without electricity Sunday morning. Canada avoided the deadlier parts of the storm, but Dorian is predicted move along northeastern Canada.

     Many families and individuals have been affected by Dorian and many faced tragedies and despair as well. Many are still recovering from past hurricanes, which makes it unsure how long it will take places such as the Bahamas to fully recover. Its lasting effects on people and their homes are nearly irreversible and its geographic effects have been tremendous. Rescue and evacuation efforts continue.

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