Friday, November 1, 2019

Lifeline of the islands

Boaters, industry associations and boatbuilders all became first responders in the days — and weeks — after Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas.

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, was one of the hardest-hit areas in the Bahamas. Dorian left 1.5 billion pounds of debris behind. Little has changed since the hurricane. (Abaco Forever)

By Michael Verdon

When Hurricane Dorian leveled entire towns on Grand Bahama, Abaco and the northern out islands Sept. 1, South Florida’s boating communities, along with many industry groups, were eager to respond. But the Category 5 storm, with 185-mph winds and gusts exceeding 200 mph, dumped up to 20 inches of rain and sat over the islands for 40 hours. Dorian then took two days to move up the Florida coast, forcing hundreds of good-Samaritan boaters to delay relief efforts.  Read more >>