Listen: Hurricane relief efforts begin for decimated Abaco Islands
"In our boats tossed like confetti. The images belie the obvious question. How could anyone anyone survive this pulse and your the growth we arrive by helicopter in mana war and avocado with billy aubrey embracing his wife shana sean after days of not knowing if she was dead or alive shawna hunkered down with friends in their seaside home until the roof we off and they all scramble to find find anything so nancy. This is what kept you guys alive. This little this little rock this came in hover dow in shauna was on the ground and we were just trying to what did it sound like in here. At the time it was up. There was a lot of crashing eh crashing and whirling stuff coming on this wall. So many in the apple islands lived through hours that resembled unmoved a horror movie exposed to wins that top two hundred fifteen miles an hour like tornadoes touching down every minute describe describe. It wish nobody words can describe it. They could never eric cantor is categorized. Never my grandfather was like a bomb went off residents here. Tell me their little island in paradise is unrecognizable even to them. They're resourceful and self reliant they say but they could have never imagined a storm as powerful as doreen and there's no better way to describe to you. The force of hurricane doreen to be right here where people rode out the storm in their living rooms and their dining rooms. I mean look in this. The roof blew off the house here. The entire kitchen king down there refrigerator ended up here on the ground there living room and dining furniture is strewn all over people described these things being tossed around the island like projectiles they all coward hovered in their bathrooms and closets anything they could find to take shelter. There are now the beginnings of recovery but only the basics medical attention private helicopters to take out those who are sick the elderly young families. I'm sure it'll never be the same again i i but i mean the people are strong and we're going to try to do our best through a bill the best way we can but we know <hes> it'll never be the same. This was a storm of biblical proportions abba conan's tell me and yes they worry it will take a miracle to recover from it. Jake think about everything that we just heard everything we saw so you can repeat that thousands of times over spoke to a man from another island in arbuckle told me that there was a storm surge he had gone under his son reached out to hold them up. He really wanted to let go. He couldn't take anymore but he said no. I'm not gonna let my son see me die this way and he got himself out of there so jake so tough paula you were not supposed to spend the night on the avocado islands so what happened so so we're at the staging area here in nassau and their flights everywhere they just couldn't get us back with the way the air conditions the airline traffic the helicopter traffic. Obviously there was a problem. It's so difficult. Jake on the island was on. I mean they cleared the baseball field so that we could bland so that we could get ourselves billion and get to that kind of reunion and get some supplies as in so we had to stay there. These people men were they'd been through so much and yet they didn't blink an eye. We said we'll sleep on the beach will sleep on the grass. We don't care no. They took choson and a special. Thank you to marcia and angel cruz. I know they have relatives in florida. Thank you so much and what we saw. There is what people are grappling playing with right now of course jake. They're thankful thankful for being alive <hes> but when you see the way they are living i mean they took all the food out of the refrigerator. The cruises cooked it. That's all they really have. They have some more provisions in the grocery store but they're wondering what comes next their kids are supposed to start school and it's things like that that this island's beginning to grapple with and jake. There's more more on this island. Things were fairly under control. People are starting to worry about things like disease. They hear the death reports say that will inevitably go up and they are starting to worry about encore un recovered bodies things that call so much to worry them at this place and as they told us on the island they worry that they won't be able to return at least not not in a fashion that they were there now living there fulltime all newton in nassau the bahamas. Thank you so much for that powerful report we appreciate it."