Updated: 9/14/2019 3:06:35 AM
A spokesman with the National Emergency Management Agency - Bahamas confirmed September 11, 2019, that 2 500 people are now registered as missing. However, the number is likely much higher as there were many undocumented people living there.
The confirmed death toll stands at 50, as of September 11. In a video posted by the Bahamas Press, one survivor from the Abaco islands described the situation after Dorian moved toward the USA: "There's not one house in Abaco that is standing. There's not one absolute building that is standing. All the churches are gone. All the gas stations are gone. All the food stores are gone. All the homes are gone."
Updated: 9/8/2019 8:46:14 AM
The NHC has upgraded Hurricane Dorian back to a Category 2 hurricane from category 1, for a second time while passing the New Faundland, with winds of 100 MPH, A 15 MPH jump from last update and a pressure of 953 MB. This update comes after satellite wind data showed that Dorian is stronger than the last advisory issued. Significant impacts are occurring in the Maritimes right now.
Though Dorian was a Category 2 hurricane as it approached Atlantic Canada, the storm made landfall as a post-tropical cyclone at 7:15 p.m. ADT, according to Environment Canada.
More than 400,000 of people are without power in Nova Scotia as Dorian made landfall on Saturday. Many communities within the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) are currently affected by the outages, with Nova Scotia Power attributing the cause to high winds, rain and damaged power lines.
"Safety is the primary concern here, stay off the roads, listen to the public officials and their instructions," said Insp. Dustine Rodier, operational support and communications for RCMP.
Updated: 9/8/2019 8:36:41 AM
Volunteers with search dogs continue to search neighborhoods flattened by Hurricane Dorian, while global relief agencies are rushing to get food and shelter Saturday to some 70,000 people in the Bahamas left homeless on two northern islands. The death toll, now at 43, is expected to rise drastically, officials said, as hundreds remain missing, buried under rubble on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands by the strongest hurricane ever to hit the archipelago nation.
Search and rescue personnel who arrived with cadaver dogs on the Abaco Islands brought body bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilu, director-general of the country's tourism and aviation ministry. Workers also brought equipment to count the dead and to understand the scope of the damage, Jibrilu said.
The smell of death lingered in the air in Marsh Harbour, CNN's Gary Tuchman reported Friday, as he toured hard-hit areas there.
The cruise line said it filled the ship with food, water, personal hygiene products, medical equipment, generators, volunteers, and first responders, and headed to the island to provide first aid. By Friday, the Coast Guard also had rescued more than 230 people off the islands. Survivors packed their few remaining belongings and searched for a way out.
"When we were driving up, we could smell ... death," CNN's Patrick Oppmann said about Bevans Town on the island of Grand Bahama. The area is in ruins, he said. "Every house, every structure, every life has been essentially destroyed in this area."
Estimated death tolls have been "harrowing and deeply distressing," said Jibrilu of the tourism and aviation ministry. The public should prepare for "unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering," Health Minister Duane Sands told Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.
The Island of Great Abaco is virtually uninhabitable, with bodies piled up, no water, power or food, and militias formed to prevent looting, local media report.
Updated: 9/8/2019 4:30:54 AM
Hurricane "Dorian" made landfall over the Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 12:35 UTC (08:35 EDT) on September 6, 2019. With 3 over the Bahamas, this is its fourth landfall but not final as it continues moving toward Nova Scotia, Canada where it is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late September 7 or early September 8.
At least 4 people lost their lives in the USA and at least 40 in the Bahamas. However, the death toll in the Bahamas is expected to keep rising and some reports mention Dorian could already be one of the deadliest hurricanes on record.
Up to 700 members of the Canadian Armed Forces are preparing to deploy in Nova Scotia as early as Sunday morning, the Department of National Defence said Saturday. Military staff will help clear roads so power crews can begin restoration. Many hospitals in Nova Scotia are operating on power generators, said Nova Scotia Health Authority spokesperson Krista Wood.
Hurricane warnings persist for Cape Breton, Antigonish, Pictou and Guysborough counties, and wind warnings are in place for northern Nova Scotia, southeast New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
One of the areas most affected by Hurricane Dorian's fury is known as the Mudd, a small town in Marsh Harbour in the northern Abaco Island. There, concrete walls were smashed entirely and roofs were blown away, making it difficult to even locate one's own home. Local authorities are worried that many victims might be under rubble, but they can't determine how many. In addition, recovering these bodies, the government says, will be a difficult task. Many bodies are submerged in water and require dive teams to recover them. Most of the residents of the Mudd are Haitian migrants fleeing poverty and some of them are undocumented, who are too afraid to seek help in Nassau out of fear of deportation.
Updated: 9/7/2019 3:26:22 AM
Hurricane Dorian is headed out to sea on Friday and may skirt the coast of New England this weekend. Hundreds who refused to evacuate Ocracoke Island were stranded when the Category 1 storm slammed into the Outer Banks Friday morning, with 90 mph winds. Hurricane Dorian is headed for Nova Scotia "in a hurry," according to the 11 p.m. ET Friday advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving northeast at a pace of about 25 mph and could bring hurricane-force winds to parts of Nova Scotia by late Saturday.
CBS News saw long lines of people waiting for food and water on Grand Bahama island Friday. The crew also witnessed the devastation left behind by Dorian. They were aboard a vessel carrying desperately needed humanitarian aid to those hardest hit by the storm. As soon as CBS News arrived and ventured through Freeport, there were people lined up for hours in hopes of getting ice and water. The official death toll rose to 43 on Friday, but is expected to increase further, officials told local media. With aid efforts underway, many survivors are scrambling to evacuate.
Later on Friday, Mr. Minnis confirmed the death toll had risen to 43, up from 30. In a statement, he said: "The loss of life we are experiencing is catastrophic and devastating."
Floodwaters have receded to about two feet on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, Donnie Shumate, public information officer for Hyde County, tells CNN. For comparison, earlier today, residents reported the water was around seven feet above the ground during the height of the storm. Shumate said that residents have called this the worst flooding they’ve seen.
Updated: 9/2/2019 11:17:03 AM
Hurricane "Dorian," now a destructive Category 5 storm, has made landfall in Elbow Cay, Abaco Islands, the northwestern Bahamas at 16:40 UTC on September 1, 2019, with maximum sustained winds of 298 km/h and wind gusts up to 354 km/h, making it the strongest hurricane to hit the northwestern Bahamas in modern record. Its eye made the second landfall at 18:00 UTC on Great Abaco Island near Marsh Harbor, tying for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record with the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.
"This is probably the saddest and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people," the premier of Bahamas, Hubert Minnis, said. "We're facing a hurricane ... one that we've never seen in the history of the Bahamas." He reportedly broke down in tears during the briefing.
The number of alleged price gouging "contacts" due to Hurricane Dorian has grown to 2,100 in Florida and Georgia, according to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. Price gouging “contacts" include phone calls or tips made to the agency’s app or online systems. The illegal practice of price gouging involves increasing the prices of necessary items like food, water, and hotel rooms during any natural disaster.
President Trump spent today golfing his Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, and tweeting political grievances as a massive hurricane prepare to barrel up the East Coast. He spoke to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis today. DeSantis, a Republican, said in a news conference that the President is "fully engaged" with federal, state and local officials.
So far, 744 flights within, into or out of the US have been delayed while 1,138 flights have been canceled, according to data from the aviation tracking website FlightAware.
While Hurricane Dorian creeps along at 1 mph, the storm is expected to get "dangerously" close to the US tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center. Six Florida hospitals are evacuating patients and closing emergency rooms.
The US Geological Survey forecasts that 80% of the sandy beaches from Florida to North Carolina will likely to undergo beach and dune erosion from Hurricane Dorian. Georgia and South Carolina beaches are projected to face the highest rates of dune erosion, with 100% of their beaches likely to suffer some amount, the survey said in a news release.
A 15-hour power disconnect has been experienced by some residents of New Providence. Flooding has been experienced across the island of the capital city, according to the Bahamas Press. In East Grand Bahama, the national defense force has been dispatched to rescue people trapped in the storm. Florida’s northeastern coast could experience four to seven feet of storm surge, regardless of the hurricane’s path said National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham in a Facebook Live video. “If you’re in an evacuation zone and they’re telling you to leave, please do so,” he said. “And do so early.” Water can begin to overtake some areas of Florida or Georgia before the wind even gets there, shutting down roads.
The Hurricane Warning along the east coast of Florida has been extended northward to the Flagler/Volusia County Line. The Hurricane Watch has been extended northward to Altamaha Sound, Georgia.
Bahamas officials say rescue crews must wait for conditions to improve. Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm, share their GPS coordinates and continue to stay in touch — but said that rescue crews may not be able to reach them until weather conditions improve. “We simply cannot get to you,” he told Bahamas radio station ZNS. Right now, the storm’s winds are too strong for emergency responders to reach those who are stranded. The emergency teams are functioning with power from generators, but there is a risk that the storm could take those out as well, ZNS reported.
Millions of coastal US residents from South Florida to the Carolinas were evacuating inland on Monday as Hurricane Dorian – a category 5 monster storm with gusts above 200mph – continued to tear apart the northern islands of the Bahamas.
Updated: 9/1/2019 8:01:48 AM
Hurricane Dorian is maintaining high-end CAT 4 strength with 240 km/h sustained winds, gusting up to 300 km/h with a central pressure of 945 millibars. Dorian will continue as a CAT 4 hurricane for at least another 48 hours - it may eventually even intensify into a Category 5 storm before it nears Florida. Latest model trends suggest Dorian may miss Florida and turn towards landfall in the SE US coast.
Hurricane Dorian's possible path has taken a familiar northward turn, and the Category 4 monster may mirror the coast-hugging track of Matthew from 2016, according to Bryan Norcross, a senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel from 2010-17. But Dorian is moving more slowly — which could prove more dangerous to Florida, warns Norcross. “As it stands right now, coastal Florida has got to be ready for storm surge exceeding Matthew. And higher winds than Matthew. And heavier rain than Matthew," Norcross said Saturday morning.
"Major Hurricane Dorian is a powerful & dangerous storm forecast to approach the east-central FL coast Mon-Tue. Life-threatening impacts, (extreme winds, storm surge & flooding rain) remain a concern, especially for locations at the coast. ALL should be vigilant!" tweeted National Weather Service officials in Melbourne.
Alert issued today by NOAA: "The eyewall of catastrophic Hurricane Dorian is currently reaching the Abaco Islands. This is a life-threatening situation. Residents should take immediate shelter. Do not venture into the eye if it passes over your location.
- Wind Gusts over 321 km per hour
- Storm Surge 4.5 to 6 meters above normal tide levels with higher destructive waves
These hazards will cause extreme destruction in the affected areas. and will continue for several hours.
As of 8 a.m. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Dorian had grown to a Category 5 storm as it bore down on the Bahamas. Forecasts say Dorian may spare the U.S. coast a direct hit but will move close to Florida's east coast late Monday. Dorian is expected to affect the South Carolina coast Wednesday or Thursday. States of emergency were in effect for all of Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina, along with 12 counties in Georgia. Mandatory evacuations are underway in some parts of Florida.
Palm Beach County, Florida authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders on Sunday morning as Hurricane Dorian churned toward the state's east coast as a potentially devastating Category 5 storm. In an alert sent to residents, officials said anyone living in the county's designated "Zones A or B" should leave immediately.
Updated: 8/31/2019 3:20:41 AM
As of early morning August 31st (UTC), Dorian is a powerful CAT4 hurricane, packing sustained winds of 225 km/h. Dorian has strengthened faster than most models indicated. Currently located east of the Bahamas, it is expected to track across the Bahamas towards a possible landfall in Florida over the next 2-3 days. Significant uncertainty still remains about its track. We will be providing a more extensive update later in the day.
Published Thursday, August 29, 2019
Dorian reached hurricane status at landfall in U.S. Virgin Islands at 18:00 UTC on August 28 where a weather station recorded winds of 132 km/h and a gust of 179 km/h. The system is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane during the next couple of days and reach Florida on Tuesday, September 3. Because of the uncertainty in the track of this storm, every resident along the East Coast needs to be ready. Dorian is the second hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
At 09:00 UTC (05:00 AST) on August 29, Hurricane "Dorian" was located within 240 km NNW San Juan, Puerto Rico and 685 km ESE of the southeastern Bahamas. Maximum sustained winds were 140 km/h, with gusts to 165 km/h. Hurricane-force winds extend up to 30 km from the center of Dorian, and tropical-storm-force winds up to 150 km from the center.
The GFS is a northern outlier from the rest of the guidance, showing a weaker ridge and bringing Dorian close to the Florida/Georgia border, while the UKMET and ECMWF models show stronger ridges and remain the southernmost solutions near South Florida. With lower shear and very warm waters, all of the intensity models forecast Dorian to begin strengthening again soon, and rapid intensification could occur.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-189 on August 28, declaring a state of emergency for counties in the path of Hurricane "Dorian."
"Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian," said DeSantis. "It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare."
"Because of the uncertainty in the track of this storm, every resident along the East Coast needs to be ready," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz.
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