Dorian’s nearly two-week trail of destruction ended over the weekend, as the storm continued its path through northeast Canada on Sunday afternoon.

Much of Dorian’s fury focused on the northern Bahamas. The storm plowed through the island nation as a slow-moving hurricane on Sept. 3, bringing Category 5 winds to Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

Dorian was the strongest hurricane on record to hit the Bahamas.

Wind strength recorded in

12-hour increments

Tropical storm

Hurricane

39-73 mph

74+ mph

Jacksonville

Atlantic Ocean

FLA.

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

Sept. 1

Aug. 31

Miami

Freeport

Nassau

Wind strength recorded in 12-hour increments

Tropical storm

Hurricane

39-73 mph

74+ mph

Jacksonville

Atlantic Ocean

FLA.

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

Sept. 1

Miami

Aug. 31

Freeport

Nassau

Wind strength recorded in 12-hour increments

Tropical storm

Hurricane

Jacksonville

39-73 mph

74+ mph

Daytona

Beach

Orlando

Atlantic Ocean

Grand

Bahama

Island

FLORIDA

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

Sept. 1

Abaco

Islands

Freeport

Aug. 31

Miami

Nassau

Wind strength recorded in 12-hour increments

Tropical storm

Hurricane

Jacksonville

39-73 mph

74+ mph

Daytona Beach

Orlando

Atlantic Ocean

Grand

Bahama

Island

FLORIDA

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

Sept. 1

Abaco

Islands

Freeport

Aug. 31

Miami

Nassau

Wind strength recorded in 12-hour increments

Jacksonville

Tropical storm

Hurricane

39-73 mph

74+ mph

Daytona Beach

Atlantic Ocean

Orlando

FLORIDA

Grand

Bahama

Island

Sept. 3

Sept. 2

Sept. 1

Abaco

Islands

Freeport

Aug. 31

Miami

Nassau

The hurricane made landfall at 8:08 p.m. Sept. 3 at Elbow Cay, Abacos. Dorian slowed to a crawl, and for the next 40 hours, unleashed catastrophic damage that flooded homes and destroyed marshlands, reducing an island paradise to a miserable heap.

“We didn’t leave because we’d been through other storms,” one resident told The Post. “But not this. This was nothing like we’ve ever seen.”


People sift through the destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Mudd neighborhood of Marsh Harbour on Saturday. (Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post)

By Tuesday, the storm pulled away from the Bahamas and moved toward the United States.

On Wednesday, the storm skirted along the southeastern coast, bringing tropical storm winds and rain to Florida and Georgia.

While Dorian spared much of the southeastern U.S. coast, it dealt a blow to the Carolina coasts, bombarding the region with flooding and tornadoes Thursday morning.

Dorian made landfall at Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, bringing 100 mph gusts and seven-foot storm surges. On Ocracoke Island, water levels reached historic records.

Since Friday afternoon, Dorian has moved along open water and brought hurricane-strength wind and rain to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday. By Sunday morning, Dorian was in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, continuing on its northeastern path into the North Atlantic Ocean.

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