The first hurricane of the season, Dorian, wrecked The Bahamas, and then its way along the Florida coast line, and into the Carolina coastline.
Before Dorian made landfall in the United States, it had to go through the Bahamas, and it currently did more damage than any hurricane before. When the storm made landfall there, it was a category five, which means wind speeds were as high as 156 miles per hour. This damage was also impacted by the fact that the storm crossed the island nation at about five miles per hour, which made the damage totals even worse. It also brought along flooding from ocean surges, leaving towns not only destroyed, but flooded. The death total in the Bahamas currently sits at 30, according to CNN.
“The hurricane was very bad. The people in the Bahamas have lost almost everything. It’s very sad,” senior Jose Bautista said.
The Florida coast line got a lucky break from Dorian however. Once the storm was roughly 50 miles off the coast, it caught a northern wind pattern from Cuba, sending it northward. Florida received ocean surges and moderate wind and rain, but no hurricane landfall. That wind however, put the Carolina coast in the line of danger, specifically South Carolina and the Charleston area. The storm hit there late on the night of September 5, and while no deaths or injuries have been reported, there have been many pictures of houses destroyed, trees completely uprooted, cars turned over and debris scattered about released by South Carolina news stations.
“The United States really dodged a bullet with Dorian, getting the weaker side of it, but I think we should help the less fortunate in The Bahamas’ now because of it,” junior Jacob Brewer said.
While Dorian has passed, it does not mean the end of hurricane season. September and October are the prime months for hurricanes to form, according to statistics from the last 100 years released by CNN. While nothing is currently forming behind Dorian like hurricanes have in years passed, the conditions still remain right to do so in the near future.
If you or someone you know would like to help out in the relief efforts, donations are being accepted through many platforms, including Google and The American Red Cross.