Hurricane Dorian aftermath felt from Bahamas to Canada

Thousands displaced from homes

Wesley Brown, Staff Writer

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Devastating storm Hurricane Dorian continues to ravage the East Coast as the US provides aid to the Bahamas and domestic victims.

 

At the beginning of last week, Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas with wind speeds of up to 185 mph, wreaking havoc for over 48 hours. The storm was classified as a Category 5 hurricane at that time.

 

As of Sunday, Sept. 8, 43 people have been confirmed dead, with thousands still missing. The decimation of the Grand Bahama and Abacos islands is reported to have displaced as many as 76,000 people.

 

By comparison, 2017’s Hurricane Harvey—one of the largest hurricanes of the century—damaged or destroyed an estimated 135,000 homes. The lasting impact of Dorian is yet to be seen.

 

In response to the tragedy, the USAID has contributed over $2.8 million in relief efforts. This aid includes food, shelter, water containers, and hygiene kits. Relief efforts have reached 44,000 people so far, leaving many more still in need.

 

As for a military response, the US Coast Guard Air Station Miami, one of the responding units during Hurricane Katrina, has reported saving over 290 people since the hurricane landed.

 

According to Lieutenant Julianna White in correspondence with CBS News, “Our primary mission is search and rescue. We can suffer some casualties to the plane … but our primary mission is to save a life.”

 

The devastation in the Bahamas is felt in other places as well. Thankfully, however, as the storm has continued northward past Florida, it has merely caused power outages and heavy storms without flooding. This is in part due to the storm’s decreased status as Category 2.

 

An island off the coast of North Carolina, however, was not so lucky. Ocracoke Island was flooded, with an estimated 800 people stranded. The floods invaded the first floors of residents’ houses, forcing those on the island to take shelter in their attics. 

 

First responders are continuing to organize a rescue mission for those still on the island. The flooding has begun to recede, though, and those on the island have begun dealing with the aftermath. 

 

The rest of the Carolinas, as well as Virginia, have also experienced severe rains, cyclones, and flooding. The tornados caused have been reported to have ripped away roofs and flipped recreational vehicles.

 

The storm has continued up the US coast and has made landfall in Nova Scotia this past Saturday. In response, both New York and New Jersey officials have banned swimming and surfing at their beaches, as ocean swells of up to 10 feet become a growing concern.

 

The storm was expected to decrease to Category 1 status by the time it made landfall, but instead intensified back to Category 2. This is out of the ordinary for Canada, which rarely experiences such hurricanes. Despite this, military response to limit damage in Nova Scotia has been swift.

 

With thousands still displaced, and after weeks of violent catastrophe, the victims of this tragedy will, God willing, soon begin to rebuild and heal.