Throughout this past week, Hurricane Dorian has headed towards the east coast, blowing through the Bahamas on its way. Since getting as strong as a Category 5 hurricane as it got closer to Florida, Dorian has weakened to a Category 2. Dorian has avoided a direct hit to Florida, but could still make landfall in the Carolinas on Friday.
Dorian left much of the Bahamas in ruins. At least 20 people were confirmed dead, according to the Washington Post. Dorian stayed in the Bahamas for nearly two days, mainly attacking the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco.
Jack Hersh, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, lived in the Bahamas growing up and cherishes his ties to the islands.
“The Bahamas have suffered some of the worst damage from Hurricane Dorian,” Hersh said. “I know they’re only just starting to realize the extent of the damage. It’s hard to see and I’m really hoping my friends there are safe.”
After wreaking havoc on the islands, Dorian has slowed down and stayed away from landfall in Florida. Rachel Kain, a College of Arts and Sciences junior from Ormond Beach, Florida, said her parents were ready to evacuate.
“When it was supposed to be a Category 5 storm traveling directly along the east coast, I’ll admit that I was nervous,” Kain said. “I knew my family would be okay because they would have evacuated, but I have a lot of friends back home too and not everybody does leave or is able to leave.”
Hurricanes became normal while living in Florida. Some would come in and leave a more lasting impact, while others she doesn’t remember at all. One Kain remembers specifically is Hurricane Irma when she was a senior in high school.
“It was a mix of anxiety, some excitement if it isn’t too serious and also annoyance. Hurricanes last a long time,” Kain said. “I remember having all the windows boarded, sitting in a dark, hot house for hours with no power hearing the Category 3 winds, falling trees and unknown objects hitting the house."
While Kain won’t have the same memories of this hurricane, Dorian has left its impact on those in the Bahamas. As it gears towards the U.S., many more may see its lasting effects.