The footage released by NASA shows Hurricane Dorian floating over the US following the extensive damage it caused on its path since Sunday. Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas on September 1 as a deadly Category 5 hurricane – the worst ever to hit the islands. The severe weather system then stalled over the islands for more than 24 hours, unleashing hurricane-force winds, torrential rain and catastrophic storm surge.
Now as the storm has tracked away from the Bahamas, the extent of the damage left behind is beginning to emerge.
As of Thursday evening, the death toll on the island stood at 30 but is believed to be considerably higher according to reports on the ground.
Health Minister Duane Sands was quoted by The Nassau Guardian as saying of the death toll: “Let me say that I believe the number will be staggering.
“I have never lived through anything like this and I don’t want to live through anything like this again.”
One shantytown, known as The Mud near Marsh Harbour was obliterated by the catastrophic storm, with debris from buildings strewn across the area.
Bodies are believed to be still below the ruins, based on the smell coming from the debris, according to a Reuters photographer who visited the area.
The United Nations estimates 70,000 people are in immediate need of food, water and shelter, as international aid makes its way to the Bahamas.
Dorian has now been downgraded to a category one hurricane and is unleashing strong winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge on the southeastern US coast.
After the Bahamas, Dorian grazed past Florida at a relatively safe distance, skimmed Georgia, and then hugged the South Carolina-North Carolina coastline.
At least four deaths in the US south-east have been blamed on the storm, which is now closing in for a possible direct hit on North Carolina’s low-lying Outer Banks islands.
Hurricane Dorian is now expected to collide with Storm Gabrielle resulting in a shake-up of Britain’s weather system.
Strong winds of up to 50mph will sweep in over the UK from Sunday afternoon and intensify as the following week continues, the Met Office warned.
It is widely expected that Storm Gabrielle will also become a hurricane, which would bring even tougher gales to the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the weather bomb is expected to hit.
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Steven Keats of the Met Office said: “Storm Gabrielle is churning away in the mid-Atlantic at the moment. It could intensify to become a hurricane.
“It looks as though the remnants of that will probably come our way later next week, probably on Thursday or Friday. It will bring another spell of windier weather and some rain for some of us.
“It will bring some strong winds to northern parts of the UK, particularly Scotland, and maybe some risk of gales.
“It will be noticeably windy, particularly in the north, with potential gusts of up to 50 miles-per-hour.
“It will influence our weather but it’s not expected to be too disruptive.
“The south will see a band of rain coming through on Wednesday and breezy weather.”