Hurricane Dorian

About the Hurricane

Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian, the second strongest Atlantic storm on record and the strongest to ever strike The Bahamas, made landfall as a category 5 storm on the northern Bahamian island of Abaco midday on September 1 and on Grand Bahama Island September 2. It carried maximum sustained winds of 180 mph and a possible storm surge of 23 feet above normal tide levels. The storm has caused significant damage to infrastructure, knocked out electricity, and left many people displaced.

In response, local and international humanitarian organizations are working to address urgent needs and provide lifesaving assistance, including water, sanitation, and hygiene and shelter supplies, to the people who have been affected by this devastating storm.

For more information on USAID’s response to Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas, visit this webpage.


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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