Hurricane and storm surge warnings are well and truly in effect for large areas along Florida’s east coast, as the formidable Hurricane Dorian stampedes its way across the Bahamas and directly into the State's path.
The hurricane, which has now been labeled as a "Catastrophic Category 5 storm," has produced the strongest and most deadly wind speeds on modern record, and up to 1.5 million east coast residents could be facing an emergency evacuation in the next couple of days.
The deadly storm, which is currently parked over the Bahamas, claimed its first victim. 7-year-old Lachino Mcintosh tragically drowned while his family attempted to flee their home in the Abacos, Bahamas, local press has claimed.
And now it seems set to cause even more destruction, as there's a huge tourist attraction in Hurrican Dorian's path.
Hurricane Dorian has become one of the modern world's most formidable storms.
via: GettyDorian initially developed from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic on August twenty-fourth last week. Since then, however, it has grown into an extremely powerful tropical cyclone and is currently causing widespread flooding and destruction to the Bahamas.
It has been categorized as a Category 5 hurricane.
via: GettyBut what exactly is a Category 5 hurricane? Well, even our president doesn't quite know the answer to that. President Trump unbelievably revealed his confusion over the storm, despite 4 of them having threatened the U.S. during his presidency.
Trump announced his confusion at a briefing with officials at FEMA's headquarters in Washington, DC.
via: Getty"We don't even know what's coming at us. All we know is it's possibly the biggest. I have - I'm not sure that I've ever even heard of a Category 5. I knew it existed. And I've seen some Category 4's - you don't even see them that much." "But a Category 5 is something that - I don't know that I've ever even heard the term other than I know it's there. That's the ultimate, and that's what we have, unfortunately."
It turns out that a Category 5 hurricane is the deadliest of them all.For your information, and the president's, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale classifies hurricanes by the intensity of their sustained winds. Category 5 is the highest classification on the scale, and only storms of wind gusts of at least 156 mph can be classed in this category.
In just a week, Dorian has caused destruction on an unprecedented level.
As #HurricaneDorian approached the #AbacoIslands, NOAA's #GOESEast zoomed in on the powerful storm's eye. The Cat.… https://t.co/XPVLUN0ZFF— NOAA Satellites (@NOAA Satellites)1567350989.0
The Bahamas has taken a true battering from the storm.
September 1, 2019 will probably go down as one of the worst days in Bahamas history.... #HurricaneDorian https://t.co/osyxyNO4hB— Heather Zons (@Heather Zons)1567396660.0
And, now, the storm is threatening the United States.
via: GettyQuite worrying considering our president doesn't have a clue what it is, don't you think? Hurricane Dorian is stampeding right towards the path of Florida's peninsula, and today is the critical day that is likely to determine whether the state is dealt a powerful blow or a less intense scrape.
It is predicted to hit the U.S. at some point today...
via: GettyAnd its arrival is expected somewhere between the Florida Keys and southern Georgia.
The storm is traveling directly into Florida's path.
via: Washington Post“Although it remains uncertain just how close the eye of Dorian will get to the Florida east coast, the threat of damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge remains high," the National Weather Service office in Melbourne wrote. “There will be considerable impacts and damage to coastal areas, with at least some effects felt inland as well!"
Residents are bracing themselves.
via: GettySerious storm effects are likely in coastal Georgia and the Carolinas in the middle and latter half of the week as Dorian picks up speed and heads north.
Florida is now in an official state of emergency.
via: GettyPresident Trump on Friday approved an emergency declaration for Florida and "ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Dorian," the White House has said.
An evacuation is imminent.
via: GettyRoughly 540,000 people live on the state’s 100-mile coast. Areas that are facing evacuation include parts of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties. It is estimated that up to 1.5 million people could be ordered to flee the U.S. coastline in the next couple of days.
And Floridians have been told to prepare for 7 potential days without power.
via: GettyGov. Ron DeSantis has urged residents to “make preparations" for a 7-day power outage after issuing a state of emergency for all sixty-seven counties.
DeSantis predicts that the storm could be catastrophic.
via: Fox News“I think a lot of Floridians are heeding the advice because they see that the storm could be really powerful, potentially a major impact," DeSantis told Fox News. He also said that Florida has millions of gallons of water for distribution and FEMA is prepared to distribute water as well.
Preparations are well and truly underway.
via: GettyAnd big companies are working hard in order to prepare Flordia for the impact of the storm. “We’re also working with companies like Publix and Walmart to get those shelves restocked because we know that’s important," DeSantis said.
But, for some people, preparations simply weren't enough.Sadly, not everyone who experienced Dorian's wrath in the Bahamas was able to prepare for the storm in time.
The storm has tragically claimed its first life.
Horrifying video from the Bahamas https://t.co/YQW0DdJnFt— Andy Simancas (@Andy Simancas)1567437679.0
Lachino Mcintosh was swept away in the floods.Tragically, while his family was attempting to leave their home in Abacos, little Lachino was dragged away in the ferocious currents, and subsequently drowned.
His sister is also missing.
First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco.... BP BREAKING| The first recorded death… https://t.co/TvE2Pl5Vjh— Bahamas Press (@Bahamas Press)1567394895.0
The Bahamas continue to struggle on.
They have sent me this one right now Abaco Island #HurricaneDorian2019 @PhilFerro7 @wsvn https://t.co/TsDFXLodoj— Andy Simancas (@Andy Simancas)1567354978.0
And now the storm which has ravaged the Bahamas is on the move.
via: Getty ImagesIt's set to hit Florida today. Although the storm has been downgraded from a category five to a category three, this actually means its set to grow bigger as the central winds expand outwards.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a warning.
via: Getty Images“Life-threatening storm surges and dangerous hurricane-force winds are expected along portions of the Florida east coast and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, regardless of the exact track of Dorian’s center. Water levels could begin to rise well in advance of the arrival of strong winds."
Around 1.5 million people have evacuated Florida and South Carolina.
via: Getty ImagesAnd now the storm is heading towards popular theme parks in the area. Walt Disney World has shut the majority of its parks, making this statement. "We are closely monitoring the progress of the storm and are making operational adjustments as needed, because nothing is more important than the safety of our guests and cast members. In keeping with our strong commitment to safety, our history of being prepared during inclement weather and to continue to delight guests who are staying at our resorts, Walt Disney World Resort is adjusting its operating hours beginning Tuesday, September 3."
Other theme parks have made similar decisions.
via: Getty ImagesSeaWorld, Aquatica, Legoland, and Busch Gardens are all shutting for the day. But Universal Studios has claimed that they plan to remain open as usual throughout the storm.
The opening hours of adjoining Universal Studios Islands of Adventure and City Walk are also said to be unaffected.
via: Getty ImagesWith the Hurricane set to hit imminently, we only hope that these decisions have been made to ensure safety, rather than to maximize profit.