Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas as it stalled over the islands and plagued residents with wind gusts over 200 mph, severe flooding, and destruction. The Associated Press reports that Hurricane Dorian is now tied for the most powerful hurricane to ever come ashore. Aerial footage of the Bahamas shows the true destruction caused by this storm.
The category 5 hurricane decimated both the Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Although the worst of the storm has passed, thousands are still stranded. Many lack adequate shelter, and will likely run through their food and medicine resources remaining in the coming days. There are five reported dead so far, and the U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 injured individuals.
The Minister of National Security Marvin Dames told the Nassau Guardian that he believes the Hurricane Dorian death toll will likely increase.
Deputy Prime Minister (and Finance Minister) Peter Turnquest says that the Bahamas have a long road to recovery.
He told the Washington Post, "We have had catastrophic damage to both the public and private infrastructure that will take hundreds of millions, if not billions, to fund recovery and reconstruction. With approximately 70 percent of the homes underwater, we anticipate tremendous social and economic dislocation and disruption."
If you live in or around the Tampa Bay area, there are many ways to provide assistance to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. The Tampa Bay Times put together a list of the many ways you can donate time, money or supplies to those in need. The Walt Disney company
Hurricane Dorian has now sped up and is inching closer to the East Coast of Florida. Although wind speeds have decreased as the storm moves, the National Hurricane Center urges Floridians to remain vigilant, saying, “the combined wind, surge, and flood hazards are the same or even worse since the hurricane has become larger.”