College Campuses Close as Hurricane Dorian Threatens

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 4, 2019

Resident Roger Adams drove his vehicle through flood waters to see if he could restock his fuel supply for his generator.

At the time, the storm had been stalled over Grand Bahama Island and its neighbors for a full day.

"A friend of ours his house is 12 feet above the water and I heard he's got water on the first floor".

The US National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to start moving slowly to the west-northwest overnight while continuing to pound Grand Bahama Island into the morning.

While its winds had diminished to a Category 2 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, Dorian expanded in size and picked up speed on Tuesday.

The United Nations and the International Red Cross began mobilising to deal with the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of the most powerful hurricane on record ever to hit the Bahamas.

The Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas may require food for 14,500 people and Grand Bahama for 45,700 people, the U.N. World Food Programme said in a statement.

If you live in the storm's path, or just want to keep an eye on the hurricane's progress, the National Hurricane Center is keeping tabs on Dorian, along with all the alerts and warnings associated with this still-dangerous storm. One radio station said it got more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a five-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising flood waters.

Hurricane Dorian as seen by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite at 11:16 a.m. EDT (1516 GMT) on September 2, 2019. The airport on Grand Bahama was on Tuesday said to be under 6ft (1.8m) of water. Forecasters said it would come "dangerously close" in the next 36 hours to Florida's east coast, where more than a million people have been ordered evacuated.

Volunteer rescuers have used jet skis and boats to reach some people as choppy floodwaters reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.

While the threat of a direct hit on Florida has largely evaporated, Dorian was expected to pass dangerously close to Georgia and SC, and possibly strike North Carolina, on Thursday or Friday (local time). But meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that even "a small deviation" in its projected track could take the storm towards land.

A mandatory evacuation of entire SC coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people, and transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 from Charleston to head inland earlier than planned after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day, Gov. Henry McMaster said. Several schools along the Georgian coast have done the same.

Authorities in Florida also ordered some mandatory evacuations.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in SC. The storm as a whole is still just barely inching along at 5 miles per hour.

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