Hurricane Dorian Causes 'Historic Tragedy' — Here, Some of the Most Devastating Photos
Still Battering the Coast
CBS anchor Norah O'Donnell continues her coverage, this time from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as Dorian slowly heads up the coast. Earlier in the week, O'Donnell reported on the storm from some of the hardest-hit areas, including the Bahamas and Florida. She is the only network evening news anchor reporting from the field.
The Storm Gets Weaker
Waves from the Atlantic Ocean have increased in size as Hurricane Dorian passes 90 miles offshore in Ormond Beach, Florida on Sept. 4.
The now-Category 2 storm that was expected to hammer Florida has largely spared the state. As for the Bahamas, relief efforts have ramped up. Most recently, Disney has pledged to donate more than $1 million to help rebuild what was destroyed.
The company announced the donation in a statement, saying Disney is committed to helping Bahamas residents “rebuild their homes, their communities and their livelihoods.” The commitment includes $1 million for non-profit agencies leading recovery efforts as well as food and supplies. The donation is led by the Disney Cruise Line, which has several ties to the Bahamas, including Disney’s private island in the Bahamas called Castaway Cay.
Wild Winds and Waves
Strong wind and heavy rain pour over a pier at the Jensen Beach Causeway Park in Jensen Beach, Florida, on Sep. 3.
Weakening slightly but still packing a powerful punch, Hurricane Dorian has turned toward the southeastern coast of the U.S. after causing destruction to the Bahamas.
Rising Water Levels Continue
Heavy rain submerges a walkway at the Jensen Beach Causeway Park in Jensen Beach, Florida, on Sept. 3.
Dorian Starts to Pivot Its Path
This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Hurricane Dorian moving off the east coast of Florida into the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 3.
The Storm Begins to Lose its Strength
A couple walks on the shore of the beach, watching the fast-moving waves on Sept. 2.
The category 5 storm is gradually losing strength and slowly moving toward the coast of Florida after hammering the Bahamas.
Beaches Become Bare
A boy walks on a nearly deserted beach as the effects of Hurricane Dorian are felt on Sept. 2 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Rescue Efforts are in Demand
Julia Aylen wades through waist-deep water carrying her dog as she is rescued from her flooded home in Freeport, Bahamas, on Sept 2.
Dorian has pounded away at the islands and left thousands of homes destroyed and hospitals in need of repairs.
The Royal Bahamas police force has confirmed that five people died in the Abacos Islands, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a recent news conference.
“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Minnis said, according to the New York Times. “Our focus is search, rescue and recovery. I ask for your prayers for those in affected areas and for our first responders.”
A man stands on the roof of a store as he works to get it ready for the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian in Freeport on Grand Bahama, Bahamas, on Sept. 1.
The storm made landfall as a Category 5 in the Bahamas Sunday afternoon and was still crawling across the country on Monday.
Winds Pick Up
The idyllic tourist hotspot of Freeport was rocked by strong winds, which sent palms trees in the area swaying.
Winds up to 165 mph were reported on Sept. 1 in the Bahamas and some areas were expecting up to 30 inches of rain, according to the New York Times.
The Eye of the Storm
A handout from NASA shows Hurricane Dorian via satellite on Sept. 1 as it looms over the Atlantic Ocean, with Florida visible on the left. In the photo, the storm is situated directly over the northern Bahamas island of Great Abaco.
Dorian's powerful winds have made it the strongest hurricane on record in the northwestern Bahamas, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Final Beach Days
Beachgoers in Cocoa Beach, Florida, didn't let the impending storm dampen their beach time on Aug. 30.
The First Victim
The Hurricane Hunter P-3 Aircraft snapped this shot on Aug. 31 of Hurricane Dorian, which may have damaged or destroyed more than 10,000 homes.
A young boy from the Abaco Islands was the storm's first victim after he drowned in rising waters, his grandmother told Eyewitness News.