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Hurricane Dorian was an extremely powerful and catastrophic Category 5 Atlantic hurricane, which became the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas, and tied for strongest landfall in the Atlantic basin. On September 1, Dorian reached Category 5 intensity, with maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, and a minimum central pressure of 910 mb while making landfall in Elbow Cay, on Abaco Island. Dorian made another landfall on Grand Bahama several hours later. Once it made landfall, it hovered over the country, sometimes moving at just 1 mph, for more than 48 hours. All the while, it caused deadly storm surges and wind damage, decimating parts of the archipelago.


Maximum Sustained Wind Speed: 185 mph

Fatalities: 77

Homeless: 70,000 

Damage:  $5.1 billion

Saffir-Simpson Rating: Category 5

Central Pressure: 910 millibars  

Peak Storm Surge: 18-23 feet

Response: Abaco / Grand Bahama 

*Some images courtesy of Officer Josh Ferris - Piper's Angels, David Mackey - Mackey Media Ltd

and Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunrise

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