Hurricane Dorian Moves Northward as Baptist Global Response Prepares to Assist With Disaster Relief Efforts

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Hurricane Dorian finally completed its pounding of the Bahamas Tuesday morning (Sept. 3). After intensifying to a Category 5 before devastating the islands, Dorian weakened to a Category 3 as it continued its slow trek toward Florida. Early reports describe the damage as historic, and five deaths had been reported in the Bahamas.

Baptist Global Response (BGR) has purview over the Bahamas and will be assisting with disaster relief efforts once the storm passes and damage assessments have been completed. Jeff Palmer, executive director of BGR, said he is in contact with the Bahama Baptist Convention and the Caribbean Baptist Fellowship.

“After the assessments we will know what kind of help we need,” Palmer said. “It might involve medical help, food, water, shelter — you can imagine what the needs might be based on a storm like this.”

According to Palmer, Baptist churches in the Bahamas have a strong network, and BGR will cooperate and work through them.

“They are the ones who will be around to minister in the long term,” Palmer said. “We want to work through them so they will receive the credit.”

The storm’s slow crawl toward the East Coast persists, but most forecasting models indicate that the eye of the storm will not make landfall. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) projects Dorian will turn north and curl back out into the Atlantic. Yet, only a slight shift in the official forecast would bring the center of the storm closer to the coast according to the NHC.

While the eye may not make landfall, if its current projected path holds, the East Coast — from Florida at least through North Carolina — will still feel the damaging effects of the wind, rain and storm surge.

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Source: Baptist Press