Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian should attempt to seek temporary housing in other parts of their country before attempting to travel to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday, drawing a sharp rebuke from the state Democratic leaders. The hurricane moved slowly through the islands form 1 to 3 of September, leaving a death toll of 43 people as of 6th September (35 people in Abaco and 8 in Grand Bahama).
The Guardian's Oliver Laughland tells Rachel Humphrys about the scenes of utter devastation and the residents of Grand Bahama he met who are still attempting to locate loved ones and assess the damage to their property.
Burnaby fire Captain Ian Heatherington spoke to the NOW from Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas Wednesday afternoon.
Across Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, airports and seaports are increasingly becoming operational, allowing humanitarian assistance to be delivered.
Officials have already put up large tents in Nassau to house people made homeless by the storm and plan to put up tent cities on Abaco capable of sheltering up to 4,000 people.
Dorian slammed into the Bahamas over a week ago as one of the strongest Caribbean hurricanes on record, packing top sustained winds of 298km (185 miles) per hour.
"This one was absolutely devastating and had me terrified, especially with my son there", Capron said.
People all over Nassau are still searching for friends and family they have not seen since the storm.
Yesterday, The Bahamas government said there were 2,500 people on its missing list after Hurricane Dorian.
At least 50 people died in the storm, according to Bahamian authorities.
Cartwright said people are without basic necessities of food, shelter and clean water.
During a press conference Monday morning, NEMA spokesman Carl Smith said: "NEMA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to advise the public that there are no new arrangements that have been established to facilitate entry of Bahamians into the United States or Canada. I didn't", Janice said.
The CBP port director at Port Everglades, Florida, echoed similar statements, telling CNN that, "W$3 e would have processed them, we would have done vetting and, you know, we would have done everything we needed to do within the USA laws and regulations to determine their admissibility and process them accordingly".