Dorian Strikes

September 13, 2019
HELPING HANDS Volunteer rescue workers walk through floodwaters in the Bahamas on September 3.
RAMON ESPINOSA—AP PHOTO

A powerful storm slammed into the Bahamas on September 1. Hurricane Dorian made landfall as a Category 5 storm. It dropped 30 inches of rain. Winds blew at 185 miles an hour. Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands were hit hardest. Water flooded houses. Cars were submerged. At least 20 people have died.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” said Hubert Minnis. He is prime minister of the Bahamas. “Our mission and focus now is search, rescue, and recovery.”

By September 3, Dorian had weakened to a Category 2 storm. Then it turned north, toward the United States. A day later, it was back to a Category 3 storm.

At press time, Dorian is about 70 miles from South Carolina. Even if the storm doesn’t directly strike the U.S., it will likely cause flooding.

More than 2 million people along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina have been told to evacuate. “Don’t tough it out: Get out,” Carlos Castillo of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency says.

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