Dorian’s Aftermath: Category 5 hurricane has caused major damage across the Bahamas, the Red Cross Organization (IFRC) said today, warning 13,000 homes to be seriously damaged or destroyed.
“We have not been able to get a full picture of what actually happened.
“But it is clear that Typhoon Dorian has had a devastating impact,” said the head of the International Red Cross Federation and Red Crescent Emergency Operations Center in Geneva, Sune Bulow, in a statement.
He said they anticipated shelter needs, in addition to short-term economic support, and clean water and health assistance.
Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas with strong winds and rain Sunday, with Category Five storms destroying cities and homes as it hit an unmarked route to the coast of the United States with hundreds of thousands displaced.
There is no information on deaths on lowland islands.
But the IFRC said up to 13,000 homes had been damaged.
It also warned of major flooding on the island of Abaco which is believed to contaminate wells with salt water.
Carrying winds of 295 kilometers an hour, Dorian hit the beaches of the Abaco Islands in northwest Bahamas, as the strongest storm ever hit the Caribbean islands.
The International Federation of Red Cross in the initial report on Dorian’s Aftermath, said hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, emergency vehicles and more than 30 trucks were packed with relief supplies to assist residents living along the hurricane route.
The American Red Cross estimated that some 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted by the storm, with as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina potentially in need of emergency shelter, depending on the impact.
According to the Guardian, Florida’s northeastern coast could experience four to seven feet of storm surge, regardless of the hurricane’s path said National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham in a Facebook Live video.
“If you’re in an evacuation zone and they’re telling you to leave, please do so,” he said. “And do so early”.
Water can begin to overtake some areas of Florida or Georgia before the wind even gets there, shutting down roads.
Most computer model forecasts predict that Dorian will keep east, just off the Florida coast. But, “it cannot be stressed enough that only a small deviation to the left of the NHC forecast could bring the core of the extremely dangerous hurricane onshore of the Florida east coast within the hurricane warning area,” the Hurricane Center warned earlier today.