St. Thomas ⎯ Hurricane Dorian slammed into the Bahamas causing flooding of over 23 ft and displacing local residents still fighting for their lives. Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Grand Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane but has since lost some intensity, downgrading to a still powerful Category 4 as it continues to lash the Bahamas. The highest point in the Bahamas reaches only 206 feet above sea level, while the highest point in the U.S. Virgin Islands is over 1,000 feet.
What We Know
A few hours ago, The Grand Bahama Humane Society posted an appeal for help online, noting that people and animals were trapped at a shelter. Drains stopped working and water levels have been rising for the past several hours, according to posts on the organization’s Facebook page. Sources in the area have pointed out that there are people in the shelter on Coral Road that need immediate help as they are in neck-high water. “We are calling all numbers but please share,” one desperate post reads.
Historically, hurricane-force winds are known to devastate Caribbean islands. Not to mention that this particular hurricane is one of the strongest ever recorded in the Atlantic, moving at less than 5 mph. At such a slow pace, survivors of previous hurricanes like Irma and Maria can vouch for the destructive nature of these massive storms. The low elevation of the Bahamas has made issues like storm surge and inland flooding all the more dangerous.
Relief, Recovery, and Revival?
At this moment communication with the Bahamian Islands is spotty. The hurricane, now a category 4, continues to wreak havoc on the island nation. State of the Territory is committed to keeping you up to date with the news as we learn more as well as providing ways in which we all can assist with relief and recovery.
If you are interested in relief and recovery for the Bahamian Islands please consider visiting the GlobalGiving.org website to make monetary contributions.
Individuals in Miami have started donating and collecting relief supplies for the Bahamian people at several locations in Broward County.
BahamaStrong is also collecting needed items at all City of Miami fire stations (there is a list at the bottom of the page with these sites). The #BahamaStrong hashtag has also begun making its way around the internet.
List of items needed:
- Canned goods
- Can openers
- Mosquito spray
- Baby formula
- First aid items
- Small generators
City of Miami Fire Station locations:
- Fire Station 1: 144 N.E. 5 ST
- Fire Station 2: 1901 N. MIAMI AVE
- Fire Station 3: 1103 NW 7 ST
- Fire Station 4: 1105 SW 2 AVE
- Fire Station 5: 1200 NW 20 ST
- Fire Station 6: 701 NW 36 ST
- Fire Station 7: 314 BEACOM BLVD
- Fire Station 8: 2975 OAK AVE
- Fire Station 9: 69 NE 62 ST
- Fire Station 10: 4101 NW 7 ST
- Fire Station 11: 5920 W. FLAGLER ST
- Fire Station 12: 1455 NW 46 ST
- Fire Station 13: 185 NE 82 TER
- Fire Station 14: 2119 S.W. 19 ST.
Featured image shows Hurricane Dorian on September 2 via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)