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On August 24th, during a tropical wave over the Central Atlantic, a storm developed and moved forward towards the Lesser Antilles, a small group of islands in the Caribbean. It grew and developed into a Hurricane on the 28th, just four days later while taking on the name ‘Dorian.’ Hurricane Dorian was the first major hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season and is considered the worst natural disaster to ever hit the Bahamas, while also being the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in the Bahamas in history. As Dorian moved towards the Lesser Antilles, it would rapidly intensify into a Category Five Hurricane on September 1st, only four days after forming into a regular hurricane. Dorian’s peak speed was at approximately 185 mph winds in a sustained one-minute period. It then fully struck the Bahamas, making its first landfall in Elbow Cay and then moving onto the Grand Bahama a few hours later. Hurricane Dorian paused it’s motion for the next day until it progressed northwest, parallel to the East Coast of Florida. During this time, Hurricane Dorian had been losing its intensity, with its next landfall in Cape Hatteras classified at Category One strength on September 6th. Along its course it slowly downgraded to an extratropical cyclone, hitting Newfoundland and Nova Scotia before it eventually dissipated completely near Greenland on September 10th.
As stated previously, Hurricane Dorian is the worst natural disaster to ever hit the Bahamas, as well as the strongest Hurricane in that same regard. In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, it was discovered that it had displaced over 70,000 residents, rendering these people completely homeless and without their possessions. As Dorian continued its destructive path, it effectively wreaked havoc with considerable property damage and economic losses left in its wake. Thousands of households and structures on the Bahamas were either completely destroyed or just swept off into the sea. There is currently an official death report at 53, though recent news suggest Dorian may have caused a death toll of above 1,000 civilians, and 1,300 reported missing. There are currently over $7 billion dollars in property damage alone, and perhaps even more unaccounted for. While there were extreme precautions and measures taken to mitigate property damage, this considerable damage left behind from Hurricane Dorian truly shows that it remains a massive catastrophe.
Yet, thankfully enough, Dorian’s Destructive Days are over.