“It’s better in the Bahamas” beamed out the radio message just recently inviting all who had the time and money looking for a “place in the sun” to visit, and for many Americans, Canadians, and Europeans it was a dream location.
Now called “one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history” Dorian slammed the Bahamas on September 1, 2019 at 185 mph equaling the highest ever recorded winds at landfall.
This massive category 5 hurricane battered the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama for two days moving on at snail-speed leaving an apocalyptic path of destruction in its wake.
“We’ve been through all kinds of hurricanes, all kinds of storms: never anything that bad. I mean, it was like we were standing in the middle of the ocean. That’s what it looked like. Waves, the water just crashing in over us. Horrifying. Absolutely horrifying!”
“Water was up to my neck for hours” said Bob Cornea speaking to the BBC in the capital Nassau after his whole family was evacuated from Marsh Harbour.
“There’s nothing left in most of Marsh Harbour,” said Alicia Cook, another resident of the Abaco Islands just evacuated from the area.
She further added that “people are starting to panic: pillaging, looting”, this comes as no surprise as desperation sets in when practically nothing is left to sustain normal life some will resort to extremes.
This desperate situation is further complicated because outside help has been hampered by severe damage to Grand Bahama’s airport infrastructure and debris littering the airfield leaving some 70,000 people in “immediate need” of aid according to UN officials.
The death toll so far remains at 30 however, mortuary staff and hundreds of plastic body bags have been shipped in in expectation of an impending deluge of bloated, stinking, victim bodies as they are discovered in the next few days.
As I write this, Dorian has not finished with its path of extreme destruction and death having taken aim at the US east coast making landfall at Cape Hatteras, in North Carolina, battering the coast with howling winds and huge ocean surges inundating low lying coastal areas.
This massive hurricane has also spawned numerous twisters which further helps increase the destruction and death toll, already at 5 victims, as this “beast” heads northward towards Canada’s east coast.
Nova Scotia, eastern Quebec, and Newfoundland are busily preparing for the worst when Dorian smashes into them as diminished yet still very dangerous category 1 or 2 hurricane expected this Saturday.
The image depicts Dorian’s huge storm surge about to swallow one of its Bahama victims with cold Atlantic ocean water.