Deadly Hurricane Dorian Crushes Bahamas, Lashes U.S. East Coast and Reaches Canada

It started as a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic Ocean on August 24. Four days later, it went from a tropical storm to a hurricane.

By August 31, it was Category 4 storm. And just one day later, it developed into a Category 5 as it made landfall in the Bahamas.

Sustained winds of 185 miles per hour tied it with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane as the strongest land-falling Atlantic hurricane on record, in terms of wind speed.

I’m talking about Hurricane Dorian. The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season that caused catastrophic damage to Grand Bahama and Abaco Island.

Colossal Damage Leaves 70,000 Homeless

The hurricane caused hundreds of thousands of power outages and killed at least five people in the U.S. It even made landfall as far north as Canada.

Although the death count continues to rise, it’s been confirmed that over 50 people have been killed. And at least 70,000 people were left homeless.

All that’s left in many areas are splintered buildings, torn-off roofs, snapped power poles and scattered vehicles.

One construction worker in the Bahamas said, “It ain’t livable for nobody. Only animals can live here.”

A truck driver said, “There’s no food, no water, no power. There are bodies in the water. People are going to start getting sick.”

Death Toll Certain to Rise

Duane Sands is the health minister for the Bahamas. He said the public should prepare for “unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering.”

Organizations from several countries are trying to assist. They include the British Royal Navy, American Airlines, Royal Caribbean and the U.S. Coast Guard. They’re attempting to get food, supplies and other aid through.

But disaster relief teams can’t even reach some of the worst areas due to severe flooding and stranded vehicles.

Many people are trying desperately to get off Abaco Island. One man hoping to catch a flight out said, “This is different from anything we’ve ever experienced. This hurricane will set us back for years to come.”

Landfall at the Outer Banks

Once Dorian was finished decimating the Bahamas, it took aim on Florida. But a sharp right turn helped the Sunshine State and Georgia avoid most of the hurricane’s wrath.

The same could not be said for the North Carolina Outer Banks. Dorian made landfall over Cape Hatteras on Friday morning as a Category 1 storm.

It featured wind gusts of over 100 miles per hour. Two people were killed and nearly 350,000 residents and businesses were without power in the Carolinas. Even after a little more than a week, some areas are still experiencing outages.

Plus, the hundreds who refused to evacuate Ocracoke Island in North Carolina were left stranded and in need of rescue.

Storm Surge Threatens Residents

Some residents off the coastline were caught in a storm surge of up to seven feet. They were forced to higher ground as water poured into their homes.

The torrents of rain and surging seas terrified residents. One said that water levels rose so quickly that within 30 minutes he had four feet of water – and rising – in his home.

Ten to 15 inches of rainfall were recorded in North Carolina. And the storm spawned tornadoes.

States of emergencies were declared in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Mandatory evacuation orders were also given.

Another Landfall in Canada

The storm that had stalled over the Bahamas continued to be slow moving until it finally picked up speed a few days later.

Dorian raced up the East Coast at 25 miles per hour. It affected several states including Virginia and Massachusetts. But before it left the U.S., five deaths had been attributed to the storm.

Then the hurricane set its sights on eastern Canada. Dorian made landfall in Nova Scotia as a Category 2 storm.

Nearly 500,000 were left without power in Canada. Dramatic video footage showed a massive construction crane toppled by the winds. The crane crashed into the side of a downtown apartment building under construction. A roof on a nearby apartment complex blew off.

Buckle Up For National Preparedness Month

The devastation caused by Dorian proves why September is National Preparedness Month. Anyone with a television, radio or computer can see what’s happening. The U.S. is experiencing more violent weather than ever before.

And the intensity of these extreme weather events is greater than it’s ever been. No matter what is causing it, the facts are clear.

More than ever before, we need to be prepared for disasters. And the best thing you can do for you and your family is to have a plan in place and supplies ready before the next one hits.

An obvious choice to help with power outages is to have a generator on hand.

But if that generator runs on gas, there could be a bigger problem than not having power.

That’s why we recommend using a solar generator instead.

You can use it to run kitchen appliances. Power your personal or medical devices. Or light up a room with an LED light string… for weeks at a time.

There is no worry about running it inside your house because it does not produce fumes like a gas generator.

And it recharges using only the power of the sun, so you don’t have to worry about gas shortages either.

See this personal solar power system in action (video)

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