Dorian: The Aftermath

For all the uncertainty that was going on in the lead up to Dorian actually coming by Florida, the “Before” was definitely much more stressful than the “During” and “After”.

For several days before approaching Florida, Dorian stalled out over The Bahamas. Places like the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island were getting slammed by Category 5 winds sometimes reaching 185 miles per hour sustained and 200 mph gusts. Rain just kept falling and falling. Many people there ended up losing their homes, and as of this writing, the death toll there stands at around 30. Turns out The Bahamas got hit by the strongest landfalling named storm on record, in terms of sustained wind speed, but when central pressure is taken into account, it ties for the fifth strongest on record. (The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 had a central pressure of 892 millibars at landfall, while Dorian made landfall with a central pressure of 910 millibars.) Visually, the damage I’ve seen on the news and online reminds of similar scenes seen after hurricanes like Andrew, Katrina, Sandy, Irma, and so many others. It will take a long time for The Bahamas to rebuild, for sure.

As for Florida, we were luckily spared the worst of Dorian’s wrath. The Atlantic coast experienced rain, wind, and beach erosion. However, I was inland and the worst we got was several squall lines’ worth of rain and wind. Our power did flicker a couple of times from the wind, but thankfully we did not lose power this time. Some did lose their electricity over on the coast, but it was not the catastrophic power outage like we saw with Irma just two years ago. It took about a day for Dorian to finally move away from Florida, but I was so glad when it finally did. I posted this picture over on my Instagram, but I’m gonna post it here as well…this was a picture of the sunset as seen from my front door as Dorian finally left the Florida coast on Wednesday evening and took the last of its feeder bands with it.

As I write this post, Dorian is currently passing the outer banks of North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and seems to be heading next for a date with Nova Scotia, Canada on Saturday. It is not expected to finally die out until early next week, when it crosses into the cooler waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The “Before”, when there are so many unknowns, always seems to be the most stressful part of waiting for storms like this. Some storms end up worse than others, but thankfully this was not one of them. Now that I’m in the “After”, I feel relaxed. At least for now. We’re in the most active part of the hurricane season right now, so until the end of November we’re gonna be on somewhat high alert in case another one of these storms pops up. But for right now we’re in the clear.

Until next time, readers!