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Dorian’s Devastation


Ramon Espinosa

Associated Press

03 September, 2019

Volunteers wade along a flooded road in Freeport, Grand Bahama, after Hurricane Dorian hit the island.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the northern Bahamas on 1 September, reaching Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale and breaking records as the strongest Atlantic hurricane to directly impact a land mass. Punishing winds and rising floodwaters devastated homes, crippled hospitals, and downed electricity supplies. At least 71 people were killed and 9,000 homes affected, impacting some 29,500 people. A report by the Inter-American Development Bank put damage caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas at US$3.4 billion, equal to about a quarter of the island nation’s annual economic output. Although scientists are uncertain whether the climate crisis will lead to an increase in the number of hurricanes, warmer ocean temperatures are expected to intensify wind speeds and higher sea levels could make the impact of landfall more damaging.

About the photographer

Ramon Espinosa

Spanish-born Ramon Espinosa is a staff photographer with Associated Press (AP).  He started working as a freelance photographer in 1988 and covered stories in Sudan, Isra...

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