Image Courtesy: The Guardian
The powerful cyclone, Hurricane Dorian made its way from the Central Atlantic on August 24, 2019, and gushed swiftly into the Southern United States on August 30 and 31 and conquered the Bahamas since September 1, 2019. Places affected most by the stormy winds and heavy rains include Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Abaco Islands and the Grand Bahamas.
If you are evacuating from #HurricaneDorian2019, PLEASE TAKE YOUR PETS WITH YOU. If you cannot, please leave them at a shelter or with a trusted friend who is sheltering in place. Please don’t leave them to ride out the storm afraid and alone.#hurricandorian #dorianhurricane pic.twitter.com/vwIQ1TdKPW
— "Mad Cat" Cattis (@GeneralCattis) August 31, 2019
While millions of humans were cautioned and evacuated with the winds nearing their regions, other pet owners had to say goodbye to their pets. In Florida itself, a wildlife refuge, South Florida Wildlife Center located in Fort Lauderdale has been seeking shelter or foster homes for more than 400 animals across the state. The center caters to the needs of orphan and injured animals that include ducks, opossums, squirrels, and owls. On the precautionary basis the centre has been hunting for fosters for those animals who still need medical assistance while the others who are fit will be released into the wild, reports CNN.
We have a report of ongoing coastal flooding on NE 30th Street at Biscayne Bay in Miami early this morning. Remember to never drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrown #FLwx pic.twitter.com/Pu3zIdL8Nr
— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) September 3, 2019
God have mercy on the homeless who won’t have a shelter to go hide. Sending prayers to everyone affected in the path of Dorian. God have mercy upon orphan kids and the old who can’t leave #dorianhurricane #Dorian2019 Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph😟 pic.twitter.com/fUKqC3NpFh
— emma (@emma60213016) September 2, 2019
Mike Merrill, the Founder of Florida Urgent Rescue (FUR), a non-profit organization in Northeast Florida along with other group members transported dogs from the Clay County Animal Services shelter located in a flood-prone area to no-kill animal shelters situated in Georgia and Virginia in their rescue van on Saturday. Also, Jacksonville Humane Society and St. Johns County Pet Center had opened their doors to provide and foster dogs and cats affected by the hurricane.
The situation is so severe that almost 13,000 houses have been damaged and 5 reported dead due to the stormy winds. As stated by The Guardian, “a radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters”. Another report by Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of the coral-based archipelago states that, “21 people were hurt in the Bahamas and evacuated by helicopters” as published in the live updates of The Guardian.