Hurricane Dorian was an extremely powerful and devastating Category 5 Atlantic hurricane , that became the most intense tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas , and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country's history. In addition, Dorian surpassed Hurricane Irma in to become the most powerful hurricane on record in the open Atlantic region, outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. It was the fourth named storm , second hurricane, the first major hurricane , and the first Category 5 hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. Dorian went on to strike Grand Bahama at similar intensity, stalling just north of the territory with unrelenting winds for at least 24 hours. The resultant damage to these islands was catastrophic; most structures were flattened or swept to sea, and at least 70, people were left homeless. After it ravaged through the Bahamas, Dorian proceeded along the coasts of the Southeastern United States and Atlantic Canada , leaving behind considerable damage and economic losses in those regions.
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On Monday morning, September 9, Hurricane Dorian was a post-tropical storm after a mid-latitude weather front and cold seas had altered its tropical characteristics over the weekend. NASA compiled data on Hurricane Dorian and created a map that showed the heavy rainfall totals it left in its wake from the Bahamas to Canada. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. According to the Associated Press, a peak of , people were without power in Nova Scotia, Canada, because of Dorian. This year, NASA began running an improved version of the IMERG algorithm that does a better job estimating precipitation at high latitudes, specifically north of 60 degrees North latitude.
Hurricane Dorian - September 6, Dorian formed on August 24, from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic and gradually strengthened as it moved toward the Lesser Antilles, becoming a hurricane on August It is the strongest known tropical system to impact the Bahamas. Dorian would pick up speed and move northeast along the North Carolina coast September 6, moving just south of the Crystal Coast, clipping Cape Lookout and eventually making landfall at Cape Hatteras. The initial impacts from Dorian actually occurred during the morning hours of September 5 when several tornadoes touched down in eastern North Carolina.