With Hurricane Dorian raging on the Florida coast, the extent of the storm’s is coming into view. Parts of the island nation are in ruins with much of Grand Bahama Island underwater.
With two more deaths confirmed overnight the official number has risen to seven. The Prime Minister is expecting that the number of causalities can rise.
With the havoc ,wreaked by the hurricane,stretching for miles the extent of Dorian’s destruction across the Northern Bahamas is immense.
Entire neighborhoods are flattened, homes shredded, shipping containers and boats hurled inland. Some airports now look more like lakes. The terminal of one airport is now shrouded in debris.
“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history,” said Prime Minister Hubert Minis. “It is going to require a massive coordinated effort to rebuild.”
The hurricane had raged in Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands for two days, with 30 inches of rain and a storm surge as high as 23 feet. According to the Red Cross nearly half the number of the homes on the island were damaged or destroyed.
Avideo from inside one home during the storm shows waves crashing against a second-story window and more water pouring in from below.
Dorian largely spared Nassau, the island nation’s capital, and so its airport is now home to a major relief effort to help other islands to the north, like hard-hit Abaco Island.
The prime minister flew over Abaco yesterday and took a birds eye-view of the place. He said he saw 30 stranded people waving yellow flags in distress before a helicopter was dispatched to rescue them.
The leading national correspondent David Begnaud, reporting from Nassau, said there are local reports of more deaths with scores of people missing.
The U.S. Coast Guard said they had deployed several helicopters to the region and has rescued more than 45 people. “At this point, we are still in the very early stages of the response,” Coast Guard Captain Shawn Koch said. “We are concentrating very much on parts, fuel, people, [and] communications gear.”