The Department of Homeland Security has released additional guidance on visa requirements for Bahamians trying to travel to the U.S. after Hurricane Dorian. The details follow a day of U.S. officials sending mixed signals about how Bahamians, especially those traveling by boat, will be allowed into the U.S. “Bahamians arriving to the United States by vessel must be in possession of a valid passport AND valid travel visa,” the department said.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to bring “life-threatening storm surges” up the US east coast after causing destruction and at least 20 deaths in the Bahamas. The category three storm is currently lashing the coast of the Carolinas as it moves slowly north. Tens of thousands of people are without power. Residents from Georgia up to Virginia are being warned to listen to emergency advice.
At least seven people have been killed by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas with millions told to leave their homes in Florida as the storm heads north. Experts say it is now the most powerful storm to hit a Caribbean island after reaching sustained winds of 185mph and gusts of up to 220mph. Bahama’s Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said: “We can expect more deaths to be recorded. This is just preliminary information.
Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm. Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23 feet (7 meters).
Hurricane Dorian hurtled toward the United States and was on track to become a major hurricane Friday before its expected landfall Monday into Tuesday along Florida’s east coast, forecasters say. The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days. Dorian is then forecasted to slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.
The eye of Dorian, a category one hurricane, has missed the main island of Puerto Rico. The US territory’s smaller islands, Vieques and Culetra, are being battered by heavy rain and high winds. Dorian is considerably less powerful than the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico two years ago. It is expected to gather strength in the coming days, and is on course to reach the US states of Florida or Georgia by the weekend.
The National Weather Service (NWS) this week warned a “scorching heat wave” is expected to affect roughly two-thirds of the nation starting Wednesday and continuing through the weekend. On its website, the NWS said a “dangerous and widespread summer heatwave” is caused by a “large dome of high pressure that will allow high temperatures to surge into the 90s and 100s in many locations.”
At least one person was killed and 130 were injured as a rapid-fire line of tornadoes tore across Indiana and Ohio, packed so closely together that one crossed the path carved by another. The storms were among 55 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. The past couple of weeks have seen unusually high tornado activity in the US, with no immediate end to the pattern in sight.
A devastating series of tornadoes ripped through Alabama on Sunday, killing at least 23 people in one county. The victims including children, died in Lee County, said Sheriff Jay Jones. At least 12 of those deaths occurred in an area about 5 to 6 miles south of the city of Opelika, he said. The 23 deaths reported on Sunday marked what would be deadliest day for tornadoes in the state since the deadly Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado that killed more than 200 people in 2011.
At least eight deaths have been reported in the U.S. as the deadly polar vortex with frigid Arctic temperatures slammed the Midwest and headed east on Wednesday. The polar vortex has caused temperatures to drop much farther south than usual, with temperatures in certain areas of the Midwest comparable or below those in Antarctica, where the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station hit minus 25 degrees. “A record arctic air mass will remain over the central and eastern U.S. over the next several days,” the NWS warned Tuesday.