Hurricane Dorian has well and truly caused havoc across the Bahama islands.
With the death toll rising steadily as more victims are being discovered in the wreckage, the country is in a state of chaos. Homes and businesses have been destroyed. Lives have been lost and nerves have been hit.
The world has been watching this week. We've been watching the brave Bahamian people start to piece their lives back together.
Following the horror of this "Category-5" hurricane, the islanders need support.
American celebrities such as Tyler Perry have been pitching in - it was reported this week that the director donated his private plane to transport emergency supplies.
And Michael Jordan has also been stepping up the generosity, announcing that he has donated an eye-watering $1 million dollars to the relief efforts.
It seems like a lot, right? Well, it transpires that the Bahamas holds a really special place in Jordan's heart.
The legendary basketball player has opened up this week. When revealing why he chose to donate such a large sum of money, Jordan really surprised fans.
Here's what happened...
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
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 the lives of over fifty people and counting.
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
Since the initial reports, over fifty have been announced dead.
via: Getty ImagesWith hundreds more still displaced and officially missing, it's hard to say at this point how many lives have actually been taken by this horrendous natural disaster.
One man tragically watched his wife drown.
via: Bahamas ChronicleBritish native, Lynn Armstrong, was left fighting for her life when hurricane Dorian caused her house with water.
Speaking to reporters, her husband described the horrific scenes.
via: Getty ImagesThe husband and wife stood on their kitchen counters attempting to escape the water engulfing their home. Sadly, after hours of waiting to be rescued, Lynn succumbed to hypothermia. Her husband told the press: "And then I kept with her, and she just drowned on me."
Lynn's daughter-in-law who lives in the U.S. heard about her passing on Facebook.Fox News: "It’s just been my dad and Lynn forever. I mean, that’s everything. That’s his whole world. She did everything for him, and he did everything for her."
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the widowed fisherman.here. In the past week, Howard Armstrong's daughter, Meghann, has set up a Go Fund Me page to help him to rebuild his life. So far, the page has made just over three thousand dollars, which is a long way away from the $25,000 target. On the page, Meghann writes: "Dorian truly stole everything from my father. There is absolutely nothing in the world that can bring back all that has been taken from him." She continues: "As difficult as it may be, with help, he can start again, he can have a new beginning."
It's tragic stories like this that have compelled celebrities like Michael Jordan to help.
via: Getty ImagesMichael Jordan has opened up about how he has been deeply moved by the reports. The press has had a field day reporting the distressing stories of those affected by Hurricane Dorian.
Jordan owns property in the Bahamas.
Jordan made a name for himself on the basketball court.
via: Getty ImagesMJ played fifteen seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls.
"By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the NBA website, Michael Jordan was the best basket player of all time. Fellow basketballer, and a contemporary of Jordan, Larry Bird said of the player: "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us."
Jordan has also made a name for himself through his endorsements.
via: Getty ImagesMichael Jordan sure is a marketing mogul. The retired NBA player is considered to be one of the most marketed sports figures of all time. Bearing in mind Jordan came before the age of Instagram, this feat is seriously impressive. Jordan has had endorsements with Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald's, and many more.
Is it any surprise, then, that Jordan has quite the fortune?
via: Getty ImagesAs of this year, Jordan's net worth stands at $1.9 billion.
Jordan hosts annual parties in the Bahamas.
via: Getty ImagesHere we see MJ pictured at the 6th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. It's clear that the retired basketball legend cares a great deal about the Bahamas.
MJ doesn't plan on just throwing money at the crisis.
via: Getty ImagesDespite pledging to donate a massive $1 million dollars to the Hurricane Dorian relief fund, don't be mistaken into thinking that that's all he's doing. In his statement, Jordan made it clear that he's going to keep a close eye on what's happening in the Bahamas. He said: "As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact."
Jordan has fond memories of the Bahamas.
The money will undoubtedly do a lot to support the relief effort.
via: Getty ImagesIt takes philanthropists like Jordan to really make a difference in crises like this. The money he has donated could mean the difference between death and survival. The retired basketball legend stated: "The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm."
Frankly, I'm sure that Jordan's money will go a long way.
via: Getty ImagesAlthough no amount of money will be able to fix the mental stress that the Bahamian people have endured over the last couple of weeks. Thousands of people have lost everything and it will not be easy to start again. Want to learn more about the fisherman, Howard Armstrong, who lost his wife during hurricane Dorian's attack of the Bahamas? Continue scrolling for the full story...