As of 11 pm. Eastern Standard Time on September 2, Hurricane Dorian was a category four storm battering the Bahamas. At least five people were killed on the island of Abaco when it hit the Bahamas as a category five hurricane with wind speeds of 185 mph on September 1 in the afternoon. It’s a historic tragedy that require analysis and its victims will need massive assistance.
A total of 35 tropical cyclones have reached category five in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Equator, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Only in 1932, 1933, 1961, 2005, 2007 and 2017 more than one category five hurricane formed. In four of those six years a member of the Caricom family of countries was hit by a category five hurricane. Only in 2005 have more than two category five hurricanes formed and only in 2007 and 2017 did more than one make landfall at category five strength.