September 3, 2019 update
After more than 48 hours since reaching the northwest Bahamas, Dorian is finally moving away from the islands. Dorian is still hitting some of the northwest islands, but conditions are expected to start improving Tuesday night. Moving an average of just 1 to 2 mph over 24 hours, Dorian is the slowest moving major hurricane (category 3 or higher) in the Atlantic basin on record and is the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas.
It’s too early to know just how devastating Dorian has been in the Bahamas, but early reports leave no doubt that rebuilding from Dorian will take many years, a lot of work, and a lot of money. An estimated 13,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, which is about 45% of the homes in Grand Bahama and Abaco. Rescue personnel are struggling to reach people who are trapped in their attics. Currently there are 5 confirmed deaths, but that number is expected to rise. The main hospital in Grand Bahama is currently unusable. The hospital in Marsh Harbor in Abaco is operating, but is in need of food, clean water, and medical supplies. The airport in Grand Bahama is currently under 6 feet of water, which will hamper rescue and immediate response efforts. At least 60,000 people are expected to need food and clean water in the immediate aftermath of the storm.
Parts of Florida are already feeling the affects of Dorian, currently a category 2 hurricane. Rain, hurricane-force winds, and coastal flooding is expected Tuesday in parts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Dorian is expected to pass the coasts of North and South Carolina on Thursday and could make landfall in that area on its way northeast. The track and timing remains difficult to determine and will significantly affect the amount of impact to the US mainland. Whether or not it makes landfall again, there will be significant impacts from wind, storm surge flooding, and rainfall flooding.
Publish date Sept. 1, 2019
Foundation Beyond Belief is launching its Hurricane Recovery 2019 Appeal as Hurricane Dorian makes landfall on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas as a Category 5. With sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph, experts are predicting heavy rainfall and storm surge over 20 feet. Since 1950 only one Atlantic storm—Hurricane Allen— has had stronger winds than Dorian. The hurricane’s impact in the Bahamas is nothing short of catastrophic.
Dorian is expected to move towards the Florida Peninsula as a Category 5. According to a story on NPR, “...[National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham] described how the storm is strengthening...Graham said parts of the Florida coast could experience four to seven feet of storm surge, and that historically 50% of fatalities during tropical storms are from storm surge.”
The storm will continue to move northwest along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, bringing with it a serious risk of hurricane-force winds and storm surge.
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