Hurricane Dorian has recently swept through the Bahamas, leaving almost nothing but damage in its way. Deemed as a Category 5 Hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale it is "the highest classification in the scale, consist[ing] of storms with sustained winds over 156 mph (70 m/s; 136 kn; 251 km/h)."
Almost a week after Hurricane Dorian has passed through the Bahamas, CNN has covered their version of what they had seen and experienced. "At least 45 people are dead, hundreds are missing and some 70,000 are homeless. There is no power or running water. Aid is arriving slowly on the island of Grand Bahama, where Dorian parked for almost two days and caused damage one usually witnesses in a war zone."
On August 30, CNN sent 3 of their reporters to Freeport in the Grand Bahamas. The storm surge flooded the island, destroying homes and leaving people stranded to fend for themselves. People pounded on doors for help and shared their horror stories of watching the flood sweep their loved ones away or being separated from who they were originally with.
In times of hopelessness, there were also huge acts of bravery and generosity. Once winds died down slightly, many individuals went out to help those who were stranded. Jet skis were used as modes of transportation to move people and help others. Government assistance is slow, and little to no help, making many lose their faith in their own people.
If you want to help, The Guardian has created a link in which people can visit to donate or see what they can do to help repair the devastating damage in the Bahamas. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/08/hurricane-dorian-disaster-relief-how-you-can-help)
The states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia have all declared a state of emergency and many coastal counties from Florida to North Carolina have issued mandatory evacuation orders to prepare for the worst in dealing with this storm. If you are living in one of these states or nearby, please stay safe and prepare well in advance for what is to come.