Hurricane chaser and filmmaker Josh Morgerman hasn’t been heard from on Twitter for two days as he rode out Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, located on Grand Abaco Island in the Bahamas.
Morgerman’s last tweet was on Sunday, Sept. 1, prompting fears from fans, meteorologists, storm chasers on Twitter.
He wrote in his last tweet: “11:40 am. Pounding. CRASHING. Boards prying off windows. We’re moving children to a safe space, wrapping them in blankets. 969 mg. #DORIAN.”
11:40 am. Pounding. CRASHING. Boards prying off windows. We’re moving children to a safe space, wrapping them in blankets. 969 mg. #DORIAN
— Josh Morgerman (@iCyclone) September 1, 2019
Minutes before, he wrote: “11:15 am. 978 mb & falling fast. Just outside eyewall, but winds will damaging. Holed up with six others in concrete room with chairs against the door. #DORIAN.”
But after two days of being incommunicado, some began to fear for the worst.
AccuWeather’s Reed Timmer asked on Monday night: “Has anyone heard from @iCyclone yet? He road out Hurricane Dorian at a school in Marsh Harbour.”
Has anyone heard from @iCyclone yet? He road out Hurricane Dorian at a school in Marsh Harbour
— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) September 3, 2019
There were unconfirmed reports that the school he was in was destroyed during Dorian, which slammed the island with 185 mph winds on Sunday. However, there were conflicting reports saying the school was not damaged.
Responding to Timmer’s comment, storm chaser James Reynolds wrote: “James here … who’s chased with Josh, incl during Haiyan. I haven’t heard anything but please note that his lack of updates are to be expected given the catastrophic damage to infrastructure and comms. Could well be another day or longer before we hear anything.”
Meanwhile, some people tweeted an unconfirmed Google Doc screenshot showing that Morgerman may be missing.
@jfernandezwplg hi, Ik you’re likely being inundated w/tweets, but an amazing storm chaser, #JoshMorgerman @iCyclone, is missing after Dorian. He was on Marsh Harbour & it’s believed @ the Central Abaco Primary School. Do u know how that area faired? Have u heard anything? Thanks
— Nicole Diamond (@WakeUp_Morons) September 3, 2019
Hurricane Dorian pounded the Bahamas on Monday, killing at least five people and inundating homes with floodwater ahead of its expected advance on the U.S. coast, where more than a million people were ordered evacuated.
Dorian, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record, had been hovering over Grand Bahama Island for almost 40 hours by Monday night and was expected to stay put until at least Tuesday morning, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory at 11 p.m. EST (0300 am GMT).
It was about 30 miles north northeast of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island and about 100 miles east of West Palm Beach at 11 p.m., the NHC said.
It warned residents not to leave shelters until the eye of the hurricane passes. The storm’s strongest winds are usually close to the eye.
Reuters contributed to this report.