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The strong tropical winds of Dorian that were initially referred to as a “tropical storm” have reached astonishing and disastrous speeds that are now a category 5 hurricane. Dorian has been a very difficult storm to track as it was foreseen to make landfall in Puerto Rico, but instead grazed the island still recovering from 2017 hurricane, Maria.
The massive Hurricane did, however, reach land on the island of the Bahamas, home of about 50,000 people who are now in profound danger. As it makes its way through the Bahamas, Dorian leaves a death toll of 7 and at least 25 others wounded according to its prime minister Hubert Minnis. However, the unfortunate tolls are expected to increase due to the conditions in which the island was left after the tragic hit. The calamitous storm has taken meteorologists by surprise after spending an astonishing 24 hours stationary over the island causing much more damage to the country.
The winds of Dorian started out at 60 mph but reached a high of 183 mph as it overpowered the small island. The winds began to spin so fast that it caused the storm to collapse on itself. Even though this might sound like something to be optimistic about, it actually caused the hurricane to expand, and cause damage over a larger area. Steve McAndrew, of the International Red Cross, stated that in his 20 years of investigation he could not recall another incident of a storm of this magnitude being stationary. The island is still mainly covered in high water many areas of which are completely underwater, putting at risk the lives of many. Many inhabitants of the Bahamas are still stranded on roofs with little to no food, water, or ways of communication.
The hurricane once again deferred from its projected path to make land again in Florida but is still covering many parts of the sunshine state with heavy rainfall from Tuesday evening through Wednesday night. The storm is now more of a threat to the Southeast coast as it moves up at 6 mph but thankfully it has now downgraded to a category 2 hurricane. The new forecasted path is that later this week it will elapse by North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The already massive storm has continued to grow, even though it has weakened in other aspects. Even though the storm has significantly enfeebled; it still poses a safety concern to the affected states due to flooding matters and its high power winds.