The Eye of a Monster

Hurricane Dorian was advancing at the pace of a slow crawl when it struck the Bahamas on Monday, September 2. Homes, schools, and hospitals in its path were no match for the 185 mph winds surrounding the eye. Flooding brought on by powerful storm surges overwhelmed the many low-lying islands that comprise the northern Bahamas, submerging the worst affected areas almost entirely. 

“The devastation is unprecedented and extensive”, explained Hubert Minnis, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas. Dorian was still overhead when he described the event as “a historic tragedy”. 

"You can feel the power of the storm when you stare into its eye from above”, remarked Astronaut Nick Hague when he captured this image on September 2, 2019.

Image Link: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/hurricane-dorians-eye-seen-from-the-international-space-station

Science Link: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/hurricanes-climate/

Middle School Resource: https://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/lesson-plans/revised-cloudy-vs-clear-graphs

High School Resource: https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/interactive/building-hurricanes-engineering-design-challenge