Dorian: Devastation in Bahamas

On October 1, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas, where it would stay for two days. The Category 5 hurricane wreaked havoc on the islands, with 185 mph winds and up to 35 inches of rain. Called the greatest disaster in the Bahamas, Dorean has killed at least 52 people and over 1,000 are still missing. In some areas, up to 45% of homes were destroyed. 70,000 people are now homeless, and some question whether or not the islands will become habitable again. 

Almost a month later, streets are still strewn with rubble, lost items, infrastructure, and bodies. Rescue efforts have been difficult due to the severity of the damage. Getting people to some areas is difficult enough without having to bring medical supplies, food, water, and equipment to move debris. The Bahamian government has lifted taxes for medicine and other supplies needed by survivors. 

Evacuees have mainly traveled to Florida, but the journey has been difficult. Survivors need a place to stay in the U.S., a job, and likely medical treatment. There was also uproar over an incident where Bahamians were told to leave a boat headed to the U.S. if they did not have a visa. Approximately 130 people left the boat. The passengers were told they did not need a visa beforehand. Afterwards, the Customs and Border Patrol condemned the actions saying the company should have been more prepared, but if someone did not have a visa, they were still welcome. However, the company blamed the CBP as they had been told all passengers needed the required documentation.

After ravaging the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian slowed by the time it reached Florida. It tore across the eastern coast of Florida, but did not leave as much destruction as earlier feared. The Carolinas, however, were not as lucky. Flood waters were the worst many residents have ever seen, reaching up to five feet in some areas. Hundreds of thousands of residents were left without energy for approximately a day. Multiple tornadoes also formed along the outer edges of Dorian; this is a common occurrence as storms are pulled in a spiral motion towards the eye. Dorian headed up the eastern coast to Nova Scotia, the final area impacted by the hurricane.

By Amira Pierotti


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