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Hurricane Dorian and its aftermath — page 1 
This tropical storm featured winds of 185 miles per hour.
In late August, a tropical storm called Dorian gained strength and turned into a hurricane. A hurricane is a tropical storm with winds topping 74 miles per hour. By September 1st, Dorian’s winds had picked up to 185 miles per hour. This put it into Category 5, the highest category for hurricanes.

While at this intensity, Hurricane Dorian made its way to The Bahamas, an island nation that is less than 200 miles from Florida. Usually when this happens, a hurricane will move on, or lose intensity. But that didn’t happen this time. Dorian stayed over several Bahamian islands for nearly two days. The hurricane’s high winds tore buildings apart in seconds, and flipped boats and cars like they were toys. They also caused storm surges, or rapidly-rising coastal water, to flood these islands. According to scientists, these storm surges were 18 to 23 feet high.

On September 3rd, Hurricane Dorian finally moved north, bringing high winds and storm surges to the East Coast of the U.S. But The Bahamas will be dealing with the storm’s aftermath for a long time. During this time, the force of the winds tore down 13,000 buildings, causing about $7 billion worth of damage. At press time, 50 people had been confirmed dead. But that number was expected to rise a lot as 2,500 people were reported as still missing.
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