Although Hurricane Dorian is no longer streamlining the news, the aftermath is still deeply felt by those it affected. Cleanup will be ongoing in the Bahamas for many months, and possibly years.
“Hurricane Dorian is the strongest hurricane on record to have hit the Bahamas — and one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record. The Sept. 2019 storm caused extensive flooding that damaged homes and infrastructure on the northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as widespread power outages. The death toll in the Bahamas has risen to 50 people. It’s expected to rise further — 1,300 people are missing, acccording to the country’s National Emergency Management Agency,” reported Mercy Corps.
Alek Pace, junior at CHS, has a friend who lives on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. He posted pictures on his Snapchat of the island completely covered under water. His house and most in their village were ok, but those around them were devastated.
“I would say that this is the strongest hurricane I ever seen in my entire life and it took a lot from the Bahamas homes and lives. We have to stay strong as we go through this“ said Alex’s friend.
Abaco is such an amazing place. Known for its views and natural beauty, Hurricane Dorian definitely left its mark in destruction.
Although the hurricane has long subsided, the devastation will take months to years to fully recover. Their help is needed greatly through fundraising efforts.
It’s ridiculous. Ridiculous,” said Martin McCafferty, a contractor based here in Marsh Harbour, the biggest town on the Abaco Islands. “This is a catastrophe.”
Hurricane Dorian’s great strength dissipated with the Bahamas, though it did affect areas such as the Carolinas as well. It was definitely weakened. Often, once hurricanes reach warm waters, they lose strength and speed.
Some areas are still without power and shelter. Please seek a way to be able to help.