Hurricane Dorian leaves trail of destruction in the Bahamas
Thursday, September 5, 2019
As the slow-moving tropical cyclone known as finally cleared the Bahamas yesterday, the level of destruction left in its wake began to emerge. Dorian made its initial landfall as a hurricane in the on Sunday. Its wind speeds reached 185 (~295 ), tied for the strongest sustained winds at landfalling on record, according to the .
After landfall, the speed at which Dorian moved slowed down dramatically, resulting in a very long stay over the island of CNN. The National Hurricane Center said all tropical storm warnings were lifted as of yesterday morning and Dorian had also been downgraded to a Category 2 storm.. In a thirty hour period of Monday and Tuesday, Dorian only traversed thirty miles, according to
According to the BBC, residents were doing most rescue work themselves using boats and . Prime minister said yesterday night that twenty people have been confirmed killed. "We expect that this number will increase", he noted.
"Parts of Abaco are decimated [...] There is severe flooding. There is severe flooding damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure", Minnis said. "The southern aspect of Abaco has suffered less devastation than the north. The Sandy Point area and progressing north has not suffered as much devastation that was seen in the Marsh Harbour vicinity. Theon Abaco is under water. The runway is currently flooded. In fact, the area around the airport now looks like a lake."
A large number of homes and other buildings in the affected areas have been destroyed with some estimates by the Red Cross and government officials ranging from 45% to 60% destruction. The United Nations said some 60 thousand people are in need of food and drinking water.
Dorian was northbound as it left the Bahamas.
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