Hurricane Dorian was the strongest storm to ever hit the Bahamas, on top of the fact that Dorian is now tied with the “Labor Day Hurricane of 1935” for the strongest Atlantic storm to hit land, with wind speeds in the 185 mph range. Now we are just seeing the damage that has been done to Abaco and the Great Bahama islands, with pictures showing tens of thousands of homes businesses destroyed and gone. An unknown number of people dead, with families still searching for their loved ones, and a clean up and rebuilding process that may take years, maybe decades, before the islands return to their former glory.
The ecosystem of the country has also taken a huge hit as scientists are concerned and worried about the Bahamian pineyards, which hosted many animals whose species are fighting for survival, including the critically endangered Bahama Nuthatch that only had two living specimens before Dorian. Hurricane Matthew in 2016 damaged the species’ population. The Bahama Warbler and Kirtland’s Warbler are also thought to be in danger after the storm.
We asked the question about why this happened, and why did the storm just slow down and pound the Bahamas as it did for three days straight? In the recent National Climate Assignment, it was found that due to climate change over time, hurricanes and cyclones are only bound to get much larger and powerful, along with other recent research from the NPJ Climate and Atmospheric Science finding that these same storms are bound to take a similar path compared to Hurricane Dorian. A slow down that leads to the hurricane and cyclones having a near stoppage over land, leading to destruction levels equal to if you just dropped a bomb in the area every hour over a few days.
We still need to look into the connection between hurricanes and climate change, but longer-lasting storms as powerful as Dorian, which by the way is still a category 1 hurricane heading towards Canada as of press time, is something we don’t need for our planet. Most of us already know the blueprint for helping our planet, so why not use the plans? We mourn over the Bahamas, and thoughts are with the families that lost everything. If you want to donate to help the people of the Bahamas, the Red Cross and Salvation Army websites are taking donations along with the government of the Bahamas taking direct donations as well.