Evacuate or elevate. These were the options for those who were forced to stay in their homes or too stubborn to leave their belongings and relocate to a safer area. Those hiding in attics drowned. Those on roofs to escape drowning were swept out to sea as Hurricane Dorian crushed steel-reinforced structures and washed everything away.
Dorian hit Puerto Rico, Antilles, the East Coast of the U.S., Canada and most violently, the Bahamas. As of Sept. 11, the death toll was 50. Handlers are traveling with dogs along the debris to find survivors.
Hurricane Dorian has caused over 7.04 Billion U.S. dollars in damage. Most of the affected areas had less significant damage, but the Bahamas have to be completely rebuilt. Dorian became a category five hurricane with up to 200 mph winds bringing along 20-25 feet of storm surge.
North Carolina was also struck by Hurricane Dorian and experienced damage at the Historical Village of Portsmouth. The damage was not as significant as what occured in the Bahamas. The majority of the structures affected can be repaired. Significant coastal damage occurred at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Many beaches were lost due to high tide and winds.
For the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane season begins as early as June 1 and can stay until Nov. 30. Most hurricanes appear in mid August through late October. Hurricane Dorian hit in the peak time frame for hurricanes. This peak occurs because the ocean is warmed during summer months, and hurricanes help move the warm water to cooler temperature zones.
West Bloomfield was unaffected by the storm, and is encouraged to support those who were.