Hurricane Dorian hits the eastern seaboard


National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Dorian’s track according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Dorian has officially left the United States, only making landfall over Cape Hatteras, North Carolina as a category one storm. In Emerald Isle, North Carolina a waterspout turned tornado that destroyed many homes. 

  Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas on September 1 and 2 as a category five storm. At least 44 people have died, and dozens were injured in the Bahamas due to the storm. Many important buildings are underwater, including the Grand Bahama airport, and many homes have sustained serious water damage. 

  Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, referred to the situation as “ a historic tragedy” in a press release.  

It is abnormal for a storm the size of Hurricane Dorian to stall for this long over a location. Hurricane Dorian is one of the strongest storms on record to hit the Atlantic ocean. 

  On Tuesday evening, Hurricane Dorian moved away from the Bahamas and towards the Florida coast. Walt Disney World announced that it will close its theme parks by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, but hotels and resorts will stay open. According to Walt Disney World’s website, they are closely watching the storm for the safety of guests and cast members.

  Eleven counties in Florida are under mandatory evacuation, and many more are under voluntary evacuation. Eight counties in South Carolina and 300,000 people in Georgia have been ordered to evacuate by their governors. In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster has ordered for state government offices and schools in eight counties to be closed. 

  On Thursday, Hurricane Dorian approached the Carolinas, where it made landfall at Camp Hatteras. On Friday and Saturday, Dorian continued up the east coast and hit Nova Scotia, Canada as a category two storm on Sunday the 8th.