Wednesday, August 28, 2019
stall. Wherever it goes, it ’s going to get completely stuck.” ’s going to
These are the words that came out of my mouth that Wednesday morning. I was talking to my boss, Matt. Each morning of hurricane season (when something is threatening), we meet first thing.
“How bad? If it
“Three feet of rain. There’d be water rescues everywhere,” I utter, having trouble grasping my
Matt asks, “As of today, where does it look like it could stall?”
“As of today, here. Central Florida.”
We both know Hurricane Dorian is several days away from impact, so
“Are we looking at Harvey bad?” he asks hesitantly.
throwing around Hurricane Harvey comparisons. Harvey was one of the worst storms ever. So, he did not bring up this analogy lightly. like
“In the ballpark,” I respond.
I wasn’t sure where Dorian would end up. No one was sure. But the entire region had to be ready. Wherever the storm parked itself, an epic disaster would unfold. There was no margin for error.
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Hurricane Dorian becomes the strongest storm on record to hit
T Bahamas. Winds clocked in at 185 mph. These unimaginable winds also made it the second strongest storm on record in the Atlantic Basin. Wind gusts he on the magnitude of 220 mph. were
. It was 3 days of shear devastation. did stall . The nightmare scenario unfolded. All of this taking place a mere 170 miles off the coast of Central Florida. Islands were shredded
|Grand Bahama Island. 70,000 are homeless.|
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
“That could have been us,” I said, as Matt and I stare fixated at his wall of televisions in his office.
Matt nods his head.
I assure him Dorian is making a turn, albeit painfully slow, and will miss most of Central Florida.
I text Aimee, asking if she’s seen the footage coming out of The Bahamas. She’s with the 3 boys and hasn’t seen the new video.
“How bad?” She asks.
“Exactly what you’d think.”
I return to my computers in the television studio.
and social messages become overloaded. The clear theme, “Brian, do you know how we can help the Bahamas yet?” inbox
We spent 10 days tracking a beast, worrying it could be us. And the moment it becomes clear we’d be unscathed, the entire region (and country) goes into “help” mode. There’s no second guessing a forecast or complaining of being over-prepared — just “how can we help?”
And we are helping. And a few months from now, when we’ve all
moved on, they’ll still need our help. seemingly
Thank you for caring. Thank you for keeping
The Bahamas front and center going forward.
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|Volunteers in Central Florida pack a plan with supplies, bound for The Bahamas.|