Hurricane Dorian Closes in on the U.S.

Samson Mosley, Staff Writer

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For the past week, a force has threatened the lives of thousands living in coastal parts of the Southeast, and that force is Hurricane Dorian. Hurricane Dorian has been brewing for a while now, and unfortunately, the storm seems to be just getting started. The category 2 hurricane has already attacked places like Georgia, Florida, and the Bahamas. In the past few days alone, there have been multiple reports of strong damaging winds of varying speeds in different cities. Winds at 49 mph were reported in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, and 55 mph in Sapelo Island, Georgia were reported on Wednesday morning as well as a 69 mph wind gust reported in New Smyrna Beach, Florida earlier that morning. However, this is nothing compared to the storm’s peak wind speeds which have reached scary numbers such as 105 mph, in previous days. Flooding, another major concern with these kinds of storms, has also occurred with significant coastal flooding being reported in both Florida and Georgia. Alas, the storm will continue its devastation into the weekend according to forecasts with South and North Carolina, Georgia, and southeastern Virginia expected to be bombarded with an onslaught of flood-inducing rain, storm-surge flooding, and very high winds on Friday. The storm also has the potential to reach New England on Saturday before it travels toward Newfoundland and Nova Scotia later.

As this frightening storm closes in on its targets within the United States, it is important for those in the areas it is expected to reach to take the precautionary measures necessary for safety and to do all they can to protect themselves from this vicious hurricane. It is also important for those who aren’t in the line of the storm to show support and even assistance for those who are by sending thoughts and prayers as well as possibly donating to those who have been and will be affected by this dreadful storm.