The Category 4 Dorian Hurricane continued its disastrous activities over the Bahamas carving a destructive path well into the U.S. The powerful storm in the Atlantic, hitting the Bahamas on Monday and, with winds racing up to 230 km per hour, has claimed a handful of lives that is only expected to increase.
Numerous calls and texts flowed into a leading radio station from all corners in the Bahamas islands, as panic-struck people searched for escape routes. There are serious cases of toddlers, kids and adults stranded in the middle of the storm-struck areas and flooded homes. Though rescue operations were set, the weather conditions delayed rescue activities, with GPS coordinates providing some clue to the police. Every effort has been made to urge residents to stay indoors until further notice.
It’s a depressing view where wrecked homes with tattered roofs and scenes of tumbled cars and collapsed power poles drown or stay afloat amidst pools of stranded water.
An innumerable number of houses have been destroyed including, select neighbourhoods drowned under six feet of water. In other circumstances, there were doors and roofs of houses that were ripped off by the uncontrollable winds. The lands appeared like lakes dotted with houses, partially or fully damaged. The category 4 hurricane visibly slowed down to 220 km an hour, but raced to a whopping 297 km per hour on Sunday, powerful enough to make its way into the United States.
Residents across the cluster of islands in the Bahamas witnessed howling winds like neverbefore. Disaster is the strongest in low-lying neighbourhoods dotted with wooden homes.
Florida’s East Coast got a glimpse of the 170 km per hour hurricane from West Palm Beach, expected to continue its catastrophic effect on the state including the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina coming Wednesday and Thursday.
Evacuation process in Florida
Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has announced compulsory evacuation across all its counties before things turn worse. A couple of airports and fuel stations were forced to shut operations to reduce the havoc caused and to prevent further damage.
The hurricane also caused the closure of operations across several airports in states including Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Among the airports suffering from lack of operations were those in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach.
The entire East Coast passing across South Carolina and Florida experienced the adrenaline rush for evacuation comprising of over 8,30,000 people with 1,50,000 residents in Savannah alone. Several parts of Charleston and Myrtle Beach too were under strict vigilance, ready for evacuation process in case the hurricane made its way.
The National Hurricane Center and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center claims Dorian the strongest hurricane ever, only after Allen in 1980, to hit the Atlantic. There’s a strong speculation that intense climate changes are the driving factor behind powerful and destructive hurricanes.
Global warming could be the prime factor, increasing ocean surface temperatures and encouraging the build-up of intense energy in storms, capable of mass destruction beyond human comprehension.