College Campuses Close as Hurricane Dorian Threatens

Pablo Tucker
September 4, 2019

Bahamians rescued victims of Hurricane Dorian with jet skis and a bulldozer as the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and a handful of aid groups tried to get food and medicine to survivors and take the most desperate people to safety.

"Apocalyptic. It looks like a bomb went off", Lia Head-Rigby, who helps run a local hurricane relief organisation, said about Abaco Island.

"What we are hearing lends credence to the fact that this has been a catastrophic storm and a catastrophic impact", a representative from the Red Cross said. United Nations officials said more than 60,000 people on the hard-hit islands will need food, and the Red Cross said some 62,000 will need clean drinking water.

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.

"We don't want people thinking we've forgotten them". "Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days", the NHS said. Dorian has battered the Bahamas for the past three days. "We expect it to be very devastating and the damage to be extreme", said Theo Neilly, the Bahamian consul general in Washington.

Minnis said many homes and buildings were severely damaged or destroyed, but it was too early to say how much the rebuilding effort would cost.

"We are in the midst of a historic tragedy", Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in announcing the fatalities.

Scientists say climate change generally has been fuelling more powerful and wetter storms, and the only recorded hurricane more powerful than Dorian was Allen in 1980, with 305kmh winds, though it did not hit land at that strength.

Forecasters have told Floridians to heed mandatory evacuation orders now in effect for at least nine counties.

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).

A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in SC. Dorian could drive seawater inland as it approaches, with parts of the northern Florida and Georgia coasts seeing as much as 7 feet (2 m), said NHC Director Ken Graham.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center is now forecasting that Hurricane Dorian will inch up the Florida coast over the next few days, reaching Georgia on Thursday (Sept. 5) and North Carolina on Friday (Sept. 6). "But I'm going to be ready and packed up in case I need to get on the road if they close those bridges", said Linda Cassano, a 53-year-old beautician who lives on Jacksonville Beach as she stocked up on water and food.

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