Hurricane Dorian causes massive flooding and havoc across the Bahamas.
Bahamas has been hit by hurricane Dorian on September 2, causing heavy rain and flooding. As per reports around five people have been killed, as Hurricane Dorian hits the country. According to the Red Cross, around 13,000 houses are suspected damaged or destroyed.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis stated, “We are in the midst of a historic tragedy the devastation is unprecedented and extensive.” He further said, “The deaths were confirmed at the north-eastern Abaco Islands, which bore the brunt of the storm.” “Dorian, the second-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record, remains extremely dangerous”, Mr Minnis added.
As per the BBC “by 5 p.m. EDT on September 2, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 145 mph (230 kph). It was crawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph (2 kph) and then remained stationary. The US National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said, “Dorian hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane but has now weakened to a category four with maximum sustained winds near 150mph (240 km/h).”
NHC further said, “Dorian will however remain “a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days. Only a slight deviation in the path of the storm could bring Dorian directly over Florida’s east coast, which is already expected to face life-threatening storm surges and dangerous winds over the next couple of days.”
As per the reports on September 1, “Dorian’s maximum sustained winds reached 185 mph (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 mph (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall. That equaled the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were named. The only recorded storm that was more powerful was Hurricane Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not make landfall at that strength.”
Evacuation of the South Carolina coast took effect on September 2, covering about 8,30,000 people. The US states of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina have all declared states of emergency.