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Hurricane Dorian: One Year Later

2 Sep 2020, 6:30 am

Dorian was a historic hurricane that changed communities forever, caused billions of dollars in damage, and reminded us of the raw power of tropical cyclones.

This powerful storm affected the Caribbean, to the Carolinas, and all the way to Canada.

Forming in the central Atlantic Ocean in August 2019, Dorian first made landfall in Barbados and St. Lucia as a tropical storm on the 27th.  Dorian quickly strengthened to a category 1 hurricane, and made landfall in the U.S. Virgin Islands—over St. Croix and St. Thomas.


Moving northwest, Dorian entered favorable atmospheric conditions, allowing it to rapidly intensify to a major category 3 hurricane.

The storm continued to strengthen to a catastrophic category 5—with wind speeds up to 185 miles per hour.  What happened next made Dorian uniquely destructive and dangerous. It became *nearly stationary* as it made landfall in the northern Bahamas—over the Abaco islands and Grand Bahama island on September 1st and 2nd.

The destruction was unprecedented—this was the country’s worst natural disaster.  Ferocious winds battered the Bahamas while up to 25 feet of storm surge flooding inundated people’s homes.  After the storm finally passed, the scenes were heartbreaking.  Entire communities were destroyed and dozens lost their lives.


After weakening some, Dorian then grazed the east coast of the United States.  Wind and waves battered Florida.  Heavy rain soaked South Carolina and tornadoes tore through North Carolina.  Dorian made landfall in Cape Hatteras on September 6th as a category 1 hurricane, bringing damaging wind gusts and record high storm surge to the Outer Banks.

Dorian accelerated up the east coast and eventually made landfall in Nova Scotia—damaging buildings throughout Atlantic Canada.


Hurricane Dorian presented many challenges for forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. Meteorologist Steve Glazier breaks down lessons they learned through the process.

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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.

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