Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Fueled by Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian Devastates the Bahamas in "Unprecedented Disaster"

Dorian Batters Bahamas for Another Night, First Deaths Confirmed Hurricane Dorian picking up speed, churning 'dangerously close' to Florida
Sandra Phillips | 03 September, 2019, 23:39

While it was expected to stay offshore, meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that "only a small deviation" could draw the storm's risky core toward land.

That designation means winds have dropped to speeds of 120 miles per hour from the 185 miles per hour sustained speeds that battered the Caribbean islands as it made landfall as a Category 5 storm.

At 2:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the ferocious storm's center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. "A slight fluctuation westward by the storm could bring those tropical storm winds to all of Orange County".

Hurricane Dorian was forecasted to move along the East Coast from Tuesday until Friday as a Category 2 hurricane, before dropping to a Category 1 on Saturday.

The Red Cross estimates that as many as 13,000 houses might have been damaged or destroyed on Grand Bahama Island and the neighboring Abaco Islands, which also saw extensive flooding and where at least five people were killed.

Dorian Batters Bahamas for Another Night, First Deaths Confirmed

Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane over the next few days.

A mandatory evacuation of entire SC coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said. The visitor complex was also closed Sunday and Monday, according to Florida Today. "The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and SC coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday".

United Nations officials estimate more than 60,000 people in the northwest Bahamas will need food following the catastrophic storm.

The county, which includes Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, was under a tropical storm warning late Monday.

Universal Orlando Resort said in an update Monday night that its two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, would open on schedule Tuesday. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

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