Hurricane Dorian Approaches Southeast US

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Hurricane Dorian Approaches Southeast US

This GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 14:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to grow into a potentially devastating Category 3 hurricane before hitting the U.S. mainland late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia.  (NOAA via AP)

This GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 14:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to grow into a potentially devastating Category 3 hurricane before hitting the U.S. mainland late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia. (NOAA via AP)

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This GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 14:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to grow into a potentially devastating Category 3 hurricane before hitting the U.S. mainland late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia. (NOAA via AP)

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This GOES-16 satellite image taken Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at 14:20 UTC and provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Dorian, right, moving over open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to grow into a potentially devastating Category 3 hurricane before hitting the U.S. mainland late Sunday or early Monday somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia. (NOAA via AP)

Ian Dahl, Contributor

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Hurricane Dorian is rapidly approaching the U.S., threatening citizens living in Florida. Recently, a Category 2 tropical storm, named Hurricane Dorian, began to move towards the United States on September 3, a Tuesday morning, after halting momentarily over the Bahamas.

Hurricane Dorian was categorized as a Category 5 storm over the Bahamas, the highest category a storm can be, and ravaged many homes and buildings. The storm lasted for two days over the Bahamas with relentless wind and rain. It is the strongest storm to reach land for the Bahamas, so far. A survivor of the storm over the Bahamas, Michael Hynes, says “Nothing compares to what we went through the past two days, almost 48 hours now with nonstop carnage.” Currently, at least seven people have been found deceased and public authorities expect that number to rise as search and rescue efforts increase.

Volunteer aid and resources are being supplied to those affected by the storm in the Bahamas with around 70,000 people in need of help. The Coast Guard announced that at least 135 people have been saved so far. Almost half the homes on the Grand Bahama Islands and the Abaco Islands were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian, leaving many of the residents living on the islands homeless and in need of supplies. Robert, one of the survivors that lived on the Abaco islands, says, “All the buildings, all the main buildings, gone. Everything. Gone.” Many residents affected by the storm need all the help they can get. One main organization with the intent on helping the Bahamas is the Mercy Chefs, a humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization from Virginia. The Mercy Chefs plan to provide long-term recovery to the Bahamas by providing water, food, and other necessary needs.

It is uncertain if Hurricane Dorian will reach landfall when approaching the United States, unlike the Bahamas, but the storm is still dangerous and can still damage many home as it approaches Southeast United States. The National Hurricane Center warns that “life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast through mid-week.” The governors of Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida have all ordered mandatory evacuations for citizens living along the coast in those states, although the governor of Georgia later cancelled the mandatory evacuation, allowing residents living by the coast to return back to their home but he warns households of potential power outages. Governor of Florida, Johnny Miller exclaims, “We’re starting to feel a little bit of a breeze here now so we expect it to be coming in this afternoon and then going throughout this evening. We’ve been under mandatory evacuation for days–we look like we’re going to take a big hit.”

Even states as high as North Carolina have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. Another mandatory evacuation has been issued in North Carolina on Wednesday. Several homes have been damaged by tornadoes from the storm in North Carolina and around 240,000 power outages have been reported in Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, the majority of the power outages coming from South Carolina. The hurricane continues to ravage the United States with no end in sight and many households damaged.

Sources:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/02/us/hurricane-dorian-monday-wxc/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-southeastern-us/index.html

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/04/us/hurricane-dorian-bahamas-death-toll-wxc/index.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/hurricane-dorian-update-category-3-storm-landfall-latest-track-path-models-forecast-2019-09-03/

https://wsvn.com/news/us-world/a-rescue-a-reunion-and-a-rush-to-help-in-dorians-aftermath/

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