“We are in the midst of one of the greatest national disasters in our country’s history, ” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said Tuesday.
Hurricane chaser Josh Morgerman, who says he has chased rains for 28 years, said on Twitter that Dorian was “the most intense cyclone” he watched while attempting to ride out the whirlwind in a solid-concrete school in Marsh Harbour.
“Winds pounded the building with the force of a thousand sledgehammers. Crept out during heart to find school chiefly destroyed, gondolas in parking lot thrown around& mutilated, ” Morgerman wrote, in part.
Tim Aylen, a photojournalist working for the Associated Press, had to wade through chest-high floodwaters after escaping his Freeport home with his 12 -year-old daughter Julia Aylen, and his 17 -year-old son, Matthew Aylen.
Tim captivated video of Julia carrying the family’s three pet hounds through the floodwaters.
Aylen said in a series of Twitter affixes that their residence was several miles inland from the north shore of small island developing and not in an departure region. Aylen said they didn’t just wanted to “unnecessarily fill” an already crowded awning. Dorian’s surge, nonetheless, would change that.
“The water rose within 2 mins in the house and was up to windows. We thought about attic-trap. Roof-no way safe. We acquired dry land, ” he said on Twitter, responding to someone who suggested staying situated might be safer.
Rescue units were fanning out across the northern Bahamas as high winds and downpour abated, with more than 600 police officer and marines in Grand Bahama and an additional 100 in Abaco, according to National Security Minister Marvin Dames.
“The devastation is unlike anything that we’ve ever seen before, ” he said. “We’re beginning to get on the field, do our parties in the best place. We have a lot of work in the days and weeks and months ahead.”
Rescuers used flow skis, crafts and even a bulldozer to reach children and adults captured by the swirling sprays, while the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain’s Royal Navy and comfort groups tried to get food and medicine to survivors and make the most desperate parties to safety.
Five Coast Guard helicopters operated near-hourly flights to stricken Abaco, flying people to the main hospital in the capital, Nassau. Health Minister Duane Beach said the government was airlifting 25 physicians, wet-nurses and other health workers to Abaco and hoped to bring in mental health workers soon.
Red Cross spokesman Matthew Cochrane said Tuesday that more than 13,000 mansions, or about 45 percent of the residences on Grand Bahama and Abaco, were believed to be severely damaged or destroyed.
“It’s total heartache. It’s devastated. Cataclysmic, ” said Lia Head-Rigby, who aids feed a hurricane relief group and flew over Abaco. “It’s not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again.”
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