In the Eye of the Hurricane

Tropical Storm Dorian endangers US



Dorian has increased in size over the last few days, but its eye was looking less defined on Wednesday morning.

Maddy Kang, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Hurricane Dorian was declared a Category 2 Hurricane, according to the Weather Channel. The storm has been destroying the Bahamas with winds above 40 mph. Now, Dorian is moving away from the Bahamas and approaching the US at a rate of 6 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

It is expected to get alarmingly close to Florida’s coast Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm appears to be nearing the eastern coast of Florida, according to CNN.

Dorian is forecasted to move near the edges of both of the Carolinas. 

Hurricane warnings were announced along the areas the storm is estimated to trek through — from Jupiter Inlet to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The warnings for Grand Bahama and the Abacos Islands in the Bahamas are still in effect as well. With storms, power outages are also possible. Outages are likely from Florida to North Carolina, but also from eastern Florida to southeastern Virginia.  

Due to the severity of the anticipated storm, Walt Disney World in Orlando even cut back its “Extra Magic Hours” that allow the park to operate for two additional hours from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Many efforts are being made by the Defense Department in response to these potential weather dangers.

According to officials at a briefing at the Pentagon, 5000 National Guard have been activated, 80 high water vehicles are on standby and the Coast Guard is preparing six helicopters in the Bahamas for rescue missions. 

Many Florida Counties such as St. Lucie county and Martin County have removed their mandatory evacuation orders, however, the threat of Hurricane Dorian still remains.