Twenty-one-year-old Rebecca Roberts said her elderly grandmother is awaiting her death in a damaged house on Green Turtle Cay, the only one of her family’s buildings that is known to have not been totally destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.
“Before the storm, she was immobile and unresponsive,” she said.
“So she is basically there just waiting on her call to God.”
She added, “They’re just putting fluids in her body so she doesn’t suffer.”
Roberts grew up on the cay, but now resides in Nassau. She said she heard her family is all right, but their losses were great.
“My aunt was out in the road picking up pieces from her house,” she said.
She added, “My family has 12 total buildings between our great grandmothers’ houses, family businesses and actual homes. While we can only account for four of them, three of the four are completely gone.
“The one that remains is a cement building. It’s housing all my family, and there’s damage to the roof.”
Dorian pummeled Abaco on Sunday with sustained winds of up to 185 miles per hour (mph) and gusts over 220 mph, making it the strongest hurricane on record to ever hit the northern Bahamas and the second strongest storm on record in the Atlantic.
The only images out of Marsh Harbour and surrounding cays have been those of total ruin. Seventeen people in total have been reported dead in the Abacos so far.
Julie Sands said while her community of Cherokee Sound was spared the worst of Hurricane Dorian, the devastation in the other parts of Abaco will change their lives.
She said she is fearful that nobody on the island will have jobs in the aftermath of Dorian. She said it’s as if a bomb exploded in Marsh Harbour.
“Put it this way: most people that work who are not fishermen, they work in Marsh Harbour, and I don’t think there’s a business that could just open up and say they’re in business,” she said.
“From the pictures I see, everyone has lost their jobs.
“It’s like a bomb went off honestly.”
Sands is a manager at Bellevue Business Depot, which also has an office on Grand Bahama.
“It’s scary, because my husband and I both run it, so we have no jobs to go to,” she said.
“We have no income, and we also figure our store in Freeport has also probably been destroyed from the reports we’re hearing.”