Hurricane Dorian devastates Bahamas; scientists explain storm's unique evolution

“This was an extremely terrible scenario for a landfalling hurricane,” said Anthony Didlake Jr., an assistant professor of meteorology at Penn State.

Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station.

NASA Astronaut Nick Hague captured an image of Hurricane Dorian from the International Space Station.  IMAGE: NICK HAGUE / NASA

Matthew Carroll, September 06, 2019
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Sunday, Sept. 1, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the northern Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 hurricane and stalled there for days, devastating the island nation with deadly flooding and lashing winds that reached 185 mph.

While reports of damage are unfolding, it is likely that Dorian has taken a heavy toll on the Bahamas, thanks in part to the unusual way the storm evolved, according to experts at Penn State.

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