Hurricane Dorian sweeps the Caribbean and U.S.

Many different regions are feeling the aftermath of the most recent natural disaster

As Dorian grew rapidly, stalled in the Bahamas and swept up the East Coast, it left some devastating and life-changing marks in its aftermath. To recount the impacts of Dorian, let’s start at the beginning. 

Like what most storms that turn into hurricanes do, this one developed off the coast of West Africa around the middle of August. As it moved westward, it grew quickly into a tropical storm and later into a strong hurricane before it historically became tied for the Strongest Landfalling Atlantic Hurricane since the 1938 Labor Day storm. As the days went by, we and the rest of the east coast were watching the storm through thick and thin, double-checking on its path before we started to prepare for it. Then, several days before the storm hit the Hampton Roads area after it battered the Bahamas, the university decided that it was best to cancel classes for a day rather than evaluating on short notice. Despite the worst outcome, we were spared incredibly from the worst of the storm when it came through within the early morning hours of Friday, September 7th with only strong wind gusts and only an inch and a half of rain. This storm became the unexpected as it went a totally different path than the original track; the rain kept being delayed, causing the Involvement fair to be delayed to that Sunday. The damage along the east coast became different than what the meteorologists expected the night before we closed, which resulted in a good night to see Preacher Lawson. 

Meanwhile, in the Bahamas, the destruction was completely earth-wrenching when most of the homes in its path were destroyed greatly during the 48 hours of Dorian stalling and bringing about 3 feet of rain with a 20-foot storm surge over the once beautiful island. But from the Florida Coastline through the Virginia Peninsula as well as Eastern Canada the damage was less impressive than when it was a massive out of the ordinary category 5 storm with 185 mph winds. It left behind an incredible amount of rapid flash flooding, tornadoes, wind damage, and power outages as it went up and down the southeastern coast before it went straight into Canada, nearing the north pole when it deteriorated. 

While the storm was going up the east coast, several interesting things happened that made this a trending topic. The first happened before it hit Florida when a resident decided to park his car in his home. Then, several days later in Myrtle Beach, a car stalled in the ocean waters, creating its fame. Finally, in the storm aftermath in the same state of South Carolina, some seashell hunters uncovered two Civil War cannonballs on Folly Island. Even though more people died in the Bahamas than the southeastern coastline, the damage is still one for the record books, resulting in a growing humanitarian crisis. 

Right now, only 50 confirmed deaths as well as about 1300 people uncounted for have been reported in the Bahamas and only 10 confirmed deaths in the United States. The restoration efforts in the Bahamas and the devastated states are still going on at this very moment with no estimated time on when they will have power, water or food that they can get on their own. They are currently relying on donations from others such as Red Cross, Disney Cruises, celebrities, and other organizations, groups and states. (If you would like to help with the relief, check the list of needed supplies on Bahamas.com/relief.)  

As what the Prime Minister of the Bahamas told reporters, the stall over the Bahamas led to what he calls, “unprecedented devastation.” Also several days later after the storm went through, he said thank you to the United States for “assisting us with all of our needs.” Despite the good donations, the shelters are beginning to turn people away because they were completely full, resulting in a lot of desperation from the children and adults finding a temporary home. Still, two weeks since the track of Dorian began, made its mark and devastated many areas of land, this storm is becoming very costly (about $7.5 billion) with many fatalities (which could still increase) and is in mark for a long restoration and recovery effort that could take years to undergo similarly enough to Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Florence, and Michael during the two years prior.

~Josh Grimes, Staff Writer~


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