Dorian: A Historic Tragedy

Stalling for a day over the northwest Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian has unleashed a storm surge that brought water to the second floors of buildings, trapping people in attics and killing at least 5 people, reports AP via the Tampa Bay Times

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy. The devastation is unprecedented and extensive,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.

The almost-stationary hurricane will likely continue to pummel the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco until this evening, Eyewitness News Bahamas reports.

It appears to be preparing to scrape along the US East Coast, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Counties along Florida’s East Coast from Palm Beach County north have mandatory evacuation orders for those in low-lying areas. Georgia residents east of I-95 have been ordered to evacuate as have residents of South Carolina’s coast. 

The hurricane, the most powerful Atlantic storm ever to strike land, was made stronger by global warming, according to the NewScientist

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