Hurricane Dorian slams into the Bahamas

Dorian could be the fourth Category 5 hurricane to hit the US in the last two years

Hurricane Dorian is slowly heading toward Florida’s east coast, and could be the most recent of several Category 5 hurricanes to endanger parts of the US in the past few years. Here’s a look back:

  • Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic basin hurricanes ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, affected at least nine US states in September 2017.
  • Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory of Puerto Rico that same month, leaving millions of Americans without power, water, or shelter. Two years later, the island is still struggling to recover.
  • Hurricane Michael barrelled into the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, with damage stretching to the Carolinas, where flash floods turned roads into rivers.

Dorian is still battering the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands. The hurricane — the strongest on the planet anywhere this year — is forecast to lash the region overnight and through much of Monday. It’s now expected to reach Florida’s east coast late Monday into Tuesday night.

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