Published: Thu, September 12, 2019

Abaco Island Residents Wait for Flights Amid Destruction From Hurricane Dorian

Abaco Island Residents Wait for Flights Amid Destruction From Hurricane Dorian

"While the country grieves the devastation Hurricane Dorian brought upon two of the most northern islands, Grand Bahama and The Abacos, there is a silver lining".

Carl Smith, a spokesman for the country's National Emergency Management Agency, said he expected the list to shrink as the names are checked.

In total, 1,357 people are staying at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium shelter and its three attached tents in Nassau, while several hundred more are housed in shelters across other parts of New Providence island, according to the Bahamas' National Emergency Management Agency.

Up to last night, 50 people had been confirmed dead since the search and rescue operations began in the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama last week.

Extensive damage and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian is seen in Abaco, Bahamas, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. "And let's be clear, it nearly was us", Moskowitz said.

The Grand Celebration cruise ship will be sailing post-hurricane relief missions to Freeport on Grand Bahama Island.

"We don't know where we're going to stay", said Carla Ferguson, 51, whose Treasure Cay home was destroyed by the storm. The strong Category 5 storm reached the Abacos on September 1 and stalled for two days as it slowly crossed Grand Bahama.


Dorian slammed into the Bahamas on September 1 as a Category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record to make a direct hit on land and packing top sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (298 kph).

John Rood, a former USA ambassador to the Bahamas who has been appointed by DeSantis as the state's "point person" in relief efforts, said the first step is working with Mission of Hope International to build transitional housing for Bahamians.

Cade said, "It felt great and heartwarming and it was a little overwhelming when all of the kids came up to me".

"Makai said "mommy, I'm so scared", she said.

Abaco Islands are the most severely affected with thousands of houses leveled, telecommunications towers down, and water wells and roads damaged, very limited or no water, electricity and sanitation, and most of the Marsh harbor infrastructure is damaged.

"The Bahamas needs our help".

Some 70,000 people were in need of food and shelter, the World Food Programme estimated.

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