Tearing through the Bahamas, threatening Georgia and some East Coast states, Hurricane Dorian barreled towards the East Coast at 120 miles per hour. As the strongest storm on record to hit the islands, Dorian posed a strong threat on the U.S., leaving southerners squandering to evacuate the coast. Whether it be family or bonds created on mission trips, members of the Wesleyan community have their hearts deeply invested in the outcome of this vicious storm.
Due to the devastation of this hit, communities were forced to evacuate to keep their families safe. Junior, Katherine Graddy had a piece of her own heart down in Florida with her grandmother and two of her uncles, who have been forced to take very serious, life-preserving precautions. Graddy has expressed from her dialogue with her grandmother in Fort Myers; she said, “The aftermath impacts everyone in Florida. My uncle lives on the West Coast, and he had to cover the windows of his house and quickly evacuate the state. My grandma and other uncle live in Fort Myers, and they had to leave for their safety, even though they weren’t directly in Dorian’s path. Many of my friends in Fort Myers have family all over the state, and even in the Bahamas, and they are having fundraisers in order to rebuild their houses. My old school is having a drive to collect basic necessities for those directly impacted.” The Wesleyan Community has the opportunity to wrap their arms around families who have been personally impacted, as well as use the power of prayer for the people and homes in Florida and the Bahamas.
In addition to the impact Hurricane Dorian has had on the United States, it did brutal damage to many communities in the Bahamas, the greatest damage caused by a storm in history. Students and families in the Wesleyan community experienced the dreadfulness on this island firsthand. Junior Gracie Taylor has watched the effects of Hurricane Dorian overtake the daily lives of the friends and community her family has made, as the Taylors have a residence in the Bahamas, specifically Abaco. Over this upcoming Thanksgiving Break, the Taylors plan to take a trip to Abaco, bringing with them supplies to aid their friends in their recovery. The Bahamas have seen the last of Hurricane Dorian, but East Coast American states had the need to remain apprehensive.
Reporters from CNN and The New York Times tracked and relayed this information to the public, and Americans in all eastern states had to stay aware of the effects this storm could cause. Daily reports hit the Internet with warnings of fatalistic storm surges and winds so powerful they had the capability to uproot trees and buildings. While Dorian was predicted to calm to a Category 2 hurricane in the coming days, patterns of hurricanes are rather unpredictable and quite terrifying, as it had the potential to shift back to its previous deviance at any moment.
Families in the United States breathed a sigh of relief when Dorian made its last land appearance in North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 7, leaving two dead and many homeless. Hurricane Dorians last appearance left the East Coast of North Carolina in devastation. Similarly, final reports from the Bahamas have concluded nearly 50 dead, thousands injured and over 70,000 families homeless. Presently, Dorian slowed to a violent, post-tropical storm as it veered up to Nova Scotia, Canada. Prayers for the families of victims and relatives of victims remain in high demand, and movements such as Kip Taylors’ show an unbelievable amount of promise and hope to those in need. Nonetheless, after a long few weeks of terror and destruction, the Atlantic Ocean and its inhabitants can say a final goodbye to Hurricane Dorian.