Fueled by Climate Change, Hurricane Dorian Devastates the Bahamas in "Unprecedented Disaster"

Strong winds from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees and brush while whisking up water from the surface of a canal that leads to the sea in Freeport Grand Bahama Bahamas Sept. 2 2019

Dorian is beginning to move with risky winds and life-threatening storm surge, continuing on Grand Bahama Island.

See Dorian's latest track here.

While it was expected to stay offshore, meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that "only a small deviation" could draw the storm's risky core toward land. It was centered 25 miles northeast of Freeport - roughly the same distance from the city as at 9 a.m. Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. The storm decimated infrastructure, caused massive flooding, took multiple lives and Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called it a "historic tragedy".

For comparison, we've included an image that shows the same regions of the island prior to Hurricane Dorian. It will move very close to Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas over the next few days.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was among the initial first responders assisting people affected by the storm.

Authorities in Florida also ordered some mandatory evacuations. It remained almost stationary 25 miles northeast of Freeport, Bahamas and 105 miles east of West Palm Beach, Florida - the same position it was in at 9 a.m. Monday.

The hurricane is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of West Palm Beach, Florida. A storm surge watch was extended northward to South Santee River in SC.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for. That's about 45-percent of homes on Grand Bahama and Abaco islands.

At least five people died in the storm, but National Security Minister Marvin Dames said this figure is likely to rise, and will include some children, according to a report in the Nassau Guardian, a local newspaper.

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