Eye Of The Storm
Our thoughts are with all those who have already faced the force of Hurricane Dorian, and all those whose homes and businesses are still in its path.
It is shocking that, following Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Michael last year, the region has been hit by yet another record-breaking storm.
Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic, slow-moving Category 5 storm with 185mph winds, and gusts up to 220mph, ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines.
There were reports of an eight-year-old boy drowned on Abaco Island where there was a storm surge up to 23ft. His sister was reported missing.
The Hurricane was crawling along Grand Bahama island early on Monday at 2mph
“It’s devastating,” said Joy Jibrilu, director general of the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. “There has been huge damage to property and infrastructure.”
It is the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas in modern times.
Forecasters said Dorian was most likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early on Tuesday and curve to the north-east parallel to the US Southeast seaboard.
Thousands of people have been forcibly evacuated from their homes in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The latest hurricane is a bitter reminder of the power of nature and why Serve On volunteers are hoping to return to the British Virgin Islands two years after they helped islanders in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
This time they plan to install life-saving radio equipment to help local communities in the event of future hurricanes.