Astronaught shares striking pictures of hurricane Dorian from International Space Station

03 Septembre, 2019, 20:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Strong wind from Hurricane Dorian blow the tops of trees while whisking up water from the surface of a canal in Freeport Grand Bahama

Monster storm Dorian hovered over the Bahamas as surging seawaters and ferocious winds sowed chaos in low-lying island communities, killing at least five people and spurring mass evacuations on the U.S. east coast.

While these astronauts with their cameras 250 miles (408 km) above the storm have been able to capture some incredible imagery, satellites in orbit around the Earth offer another useful vantage point.

The risky category-four hurricane has already caused widespread damage since it hit the collection of islands known as the Bahamas on Sunday. Within the past few years, the Bahamas has been seriously affected by at least three major hurricanes, all Category 4 storms or above.

"This is the fourth consecutive year that we have witnessed an extremely devastating Atlantic hurricane season including Category 5 hurricanes like Dorian", said spokesperson Denis McClean from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), reading from a statement.

Though the hurricane is not expected to make landfall on Florida's coast, it will get awfully close and there's always a chance some atmospheric nudge could pull the extremely risky core onto land there, Live Science previously reported. Choppy brown floodwaters reached roofs and the top of palm trees on Monday.

Authorities expect Hurricane Dorian to come "dangerously close" to Florida where evacuation orders are in place, along with South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

Bahamian officials received a "tremendous" number of calls from people in flooded homes, and desperate callers trying to find loved ones left messages with local radio stations. It was centered 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport - roughly the same distance from the city as at 9 a.m. Hurricane-force winds extended out as far as 45 mph (75 kilometers) in some directions. reported that that airlines had cancelled 1,361 flights within, into or out of the USA by Monday afternoon - vastly above an average day - with Fort Lauderdale International the most affected, and airlines had already cancelled 1,057 flights for Tuesday, many involving Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports.

Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday pummelling the islands
Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas on Monday pummelling the islands

Initial assessments carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP) with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other humanitarian partners, indicate that Abaco will likely require food for more than 14,000 people and Grand Bahama for over 47,000 people.

On Sunday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds reached 185 miles per hour (297 kph), with gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph), tying the record for the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall. It tied the record for the strongest Atlantic storm ever to hit land, matching the Labor Day hurricane that struck Florida Gulf Coast in 1935, before storms were given names.

A mandatory evacuation of entire SC coast took effect Monday covering about 830,000 people.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis urged coastal residents to heed evacuation orders. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned his state that it could see heavy rain, winds and floods later in the week.

Disney posted adjusted hours in Orlando as the storm approaches.

A hurricane watch was in effect for Florida's East Coast from Deerfield Beach north to South Santee River in SC. Lake Okeechobee was under a tropical storm watch.

"In terms of needs, we believe that Abaco Island has the most vulnerable population", said IFRC spokesperson Matthew Cochrane. More than 830,000 people were under evacuation orders in Charleston and other coastal communities in SC, emergency management officials announced. "People do understand that Dorian is nothing to mess around with".

Coto reported from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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