Sep
06
Woman in Bahamas describes ‘nightmare’ of Hurricane Dorian


POTENTIALLY HURRICANE WINDS. THE BEST TO YOU. THANK YOU AGAIN, MIRA. DENISE LEWIS JOINS US NOW. SHE IS WRITING OUT THE STORM. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOW ON CELL PHONE BATTERY. GIVE ME AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.>>RIGHT NOW, HERE, ON THE ISLAND OF THE BAHAMAS, WE ARE EXPERIENCING HURRICANE CONDITIONS LIKE WE HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE. THE ISLAND OF GRANDE BAHAMAS. RIGHT NOW, IT’S UNDERWATER. PEOPLE HAVE TO EVACUATE THEIR HOMES. THERE ARE RESCUE TEAMS, RISKING THEIR LIVES TO RESCUE PEOPLE. MY FAMILY HAD TO BE RESCUED MOMENTS AGO. WATER BEGAN TO COME INTO THEIR HOME. THIS IS SOMETHING LIKE NO OTHER.>>Trace: NOW, YOU SAY, YOUR FAMILY. ARE YOU GUYS NOT ALTOGETHER? ARE YOU KIND OF SEPARATED AROUND THE ISLAND? IS THAT WHAT’S HAPPENING, DENISE CUSTOMER>>YES. WE ARE SEPARATED. MY MOTHER LIVES ABOUT 15 MINUTES FROM ME. THE AREA THAT SHE LIVES IN, THEY BEGAN TAKING ON WATER THERE. SHE HAD TO BE RESCUED. BUT THERE ALL NOW IN MY HOUSE.>>Trace: WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THIS, BECAUSE CELL PHONE TIME AND BATTERY TIME IS PRECIOUS TO YOU. DENISE, GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT IT’S LIKE. WHEN WE HEAR THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SAY THAT THIS STORM IS KIND OF STALLED AND YOU HAVE HUNDRED 50 MILE-PER-HOUR WINDS, WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE FOR THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS CUSTOMER>>THE PAST SEVERAL HOURS, IT FEELS LIKE YOU’RE STUCK IN A NIGHTMARE, YOU KNOW? YOU ARE INSIDE YOUR HOME. THE WINDS ARE THERE. THE WINDS ARE COMING LIKE A TRAIN THAT’S GOING OFF THE TRACK. OVERNIGHT, IT WAS SO DARK. YOU COULDN’T SEE WHAT’S OUTSIDE. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. WE’VE HAD HURRICANES BACK-TO-BACK. THIS ONE WE ARE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW SEEMS LIKE A NIGHTMARE THAT’S NEVER GOING TO END.>>Trace: ALL MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS. THAT’S NOTHING TO TOY WITH. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW THE STRUCTURES OF THE ISLAND SEEM TO BE HOLDING UP SO FAR? I KNOW YOU’VE TALKED ABOUT WATER, BUT CAN YOU GIVE US AN IDEA OF THE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE? DO YOU LOOK AT OUT YOUR WINDW DO YOU LOOK AT OUT YOUR WINDA DO YOU LOOK AT OUT YOUR WINDD SAY, OH, MY GOODNESS. HOW DO WE RECOVER FROM THIS? OR ARE THINGS HOLDING UP FAIRLY DECENTLY?>>A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE IN A POSITION THAT HAVE HAD THEIR HOMES RENOVATED. FROM WHAT I CAN SEE, I CAN SEE A BIT OF ROOF DAMAGE. FOR THE MOST PART, IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF FLOOD DAMAGE. MOST OF THE HOMES ARE FLOODED OUT.>>Trace: I’M CURIOUS IF YOU KNOW THIS, DENISE. MAYBE YOU DON’T, BUT WHEN YOU SAY THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING OUT, TRYING TO SAVE OTHER LIVES, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? ARE THE JUST VOLUNTEERS THAT ARE GOING OUT TO LOOK AFTER THEIR NEIGHBORS AND BRING THEIR NEIGHBORS TO HIGHER GROUND?>>WE HAVE PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES. WE HAVE OUR DEFENSE FORCES OUT THERE, THE POLICE FORCE, WE HAVE EVERYBODY. WE HAVE RESCUE TEAMS, PEOPLE WHO ARE RISKING THEIR OWN LIVES. MY SON HAD TO LEAVE FROM WHERE I LIVE. MY GRANDMOTHER, AS WE SPEAK, THEY ARE STILL STUCK. THEY ARE SAYING THEY NEED A BOAT THROUGH THERE TO BE RESCUED. THEY ARE JUST, THEY ARE WAITING. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO NEEDED TO BE RESCUED OUT OF THE ATTIC IN THE ROOF. THEY HAD TO GO INTO THE ATTIC. I JUST WANT TO PUBLICLY THANK EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO HAS GONE OUT THERE, PUTTING THEIR OWN LIVES AT RISK TO BE THERE FOR OTHER PEOPLE. THAT’S WHERE THEY NEED TO BE AT THIS TIME, FOR THOSE PEOPLE. SUITE >>Trace: YEAH, AND WE SUITE >>Trace: YEAH, AND WS SUITE >>Trace: YEAH, AND WC SUITE >>Trace: YEAH, AND WN SUITE >>Trace: YEAH, AND WD THAT. DENISE, YOU SAY THAT YOUR GRANDFATHER IS OUT THERE, AND SHE IS WAITING. WHEN YOU SAY SHE’S WAITING, ISSUE WAITING FOR THE BOAT TO COME GET HERE OR IS SHE WAITING FOR THE CONDITIONS TO TRY TO CLEAR UP SO THAT A BOAT CAN COME AND GET HER?>>Denise: THEY ARE CURRENTLY WAITING TO JUST BE RESCUED. ANY WAY THAT CAN’T GET TO THEM. THE WATER IS SO HIGH THAT THEY CAN’T WALK THROUGH THE WATER. IN SOME AREAS, THAT’S WHAT HAS HAPPENED. SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO BE RESCUED. THEY ARE JUST WAITING TO BE RESCUED. THEY ARE WAITING FOR ANYONE TO COME AND GET THEM. THE FIVE YEAH, OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEM. YOUR GRANDMOTHER, IS SHE ABLE TO MOVE? CAN SHE WALK? CAN SHE GET TO THE BOAT? DOES SHE NEED ANY KIND OF SPECIAL ASSISTANCE? IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM TO GET HERE, OR IS SHE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GO?>>SHE’S MOBILE, BUT YOU KNOW, SHE IS IN HER 80s.>>Trace: I JUST WANT TO KNOW. I KNOW YOU ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME. YOU’VE GOT POWER PROBLEMS. JUST SO YOU KNOW, THIS IS STILL A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE. IT’S A HUNDRED 40-MILE-AN-HOUR WINDS. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, YOU NEED TO STAY INSIDE. I KNOW IT’S TOUGH TO GET INFORMATION OUT THERE, BECAUSE POWER IS REALLY IN SHORT SUPPLY, BUT YOU NEED TO STAY SAFE. IS IT YOUR ASSESSMENT, YOUR SENSE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, AND OTHERS IN YOUR AREA ARE SAFE AND OUT OF HARM’S WAY?>>Denise: FOR THE TIME BEING, WE APPEAR TO BE SAFE, BUT LIKE I SAID, WHERE MY MOTHER LIVES IS ABOUT A 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM HERE, AND THE WATER IS COMING, AND IT’S COMING IN SLOWLY. THE AREA THAT’S GOING TOWARDS THE EAST OF ME, THERE ARE FLOODING CONDITIONS THERE. WE ARE JUST PRAYING AND BEING HOPEFUL THAT IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE WATER MOVES MORE AND MORE IN LENGTH. OUR AIRPORT IS UNDERWATER. THE POLICE STATION HAS EXPERIENCED FLOODING. IT IS REALLY CRAZY.>>Trace: YEAH, WHAT ABOUT FOOD AND WATER AND THE NECESSITIES? YOUR FAMILY IS FINE ON THAT? THE PEOPLE AROUND THE BAHAMAS ARE FINE ON THAT?>>Denise: SO FAR, YEAH. BUT YOU KNOW, IF THIS CONTINUES THE WAY THAT IT DOES, YOUR FOOD STORES ARE CLOSED. MOST CANNED GOODS AND NECESSITIES, STORES WERE WERE REALLY LOW ON THOSE. WITH THIS STORM BEING THE WAY IT IS, AFTER THAT, IT’S LIKE, I DON’T KNOW.>>Trace: WE COULD NOT WISH YOU ANY MORE LUCK. STAY SAFE.