Hurricane Dorian has led to many apartment buildings getting damaged and people are stuck inside the them.
Category 5 Hurricane Dorian has battered the Bahamas after making landfall since Sunday night and five people have lost their lives already. Prayers are with the residents of the archipelago but they won't be enough given the extensive damage. Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called Dorian a "historic tragedy," according to CBS News. "The devastation is unprecedented and extensive," the prime minister said.
One video that has surfaced from the Bahamas shows the struggles faced by the residents. In the video, a woman can be heard pleading while she stands on an exposed staircase while there is a deluge of water beneath her. Jetta Clavi shared the video on Facebook and it was shared almost 3,000 times. Our hearts go out to those stuck in this life-threatening situation with no way out for now.
"Please pray for us, please pray for us everyone, me and my baby, everyone who stayed in the apartment building, we stuck right here. Please pray for Abaco, I'm begging," she says as Hurricane Dorian batters the northern Bahamas on Sunday. "Lord, please cover this house — there's nowhere else to go," the voice says in another clip.
Clavi works as a housekeeper at the Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club, a private resort on Great Guana Cay, northeastern Bahamas. She lives on the Great Abaco island, which has suffered "catastrophic" damage, according to NBC News. In the video, it can be seen that the roof of the apartment building has been blown off and there is debris everywhere.
"Please, my baby's only four months old, please pray for us. The apartment building, the whole roof came off, we just standing right here," Clavi says. She also adds that some people tried to swim across the water to a large white building. However, some were swept away. This incident was not caught on camera.
In another video, several people can be seen sitting with hands joined and praying to God. "Come, Holy Father, And Rescue Us," says a woman.
In another video, shared by Clavi on Facebook, many people can be seen taking shelter at the apartment building. Some are just sitting on the floor and waiting for the storm to pass with nowhere to go. The waters outside were too strong for anyone to escape.
The National Hurricane Center was reported as saying by CNN that the hurricane is still stationary just north of Grand Bahama Island. "On this track, the core of extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island today," the update says. "The hurricane will then move dangerously close to the Florida east coast late today through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina coast late Thursday," it says.
“[T]he threat of damaging winds and life-threatening storm surge remains high,” the National Weather Service office in Melbourne, Fla., wrote, according to Washington Post. “There will be considerable impacts and damage to coastal areas, with at least some effects felt inland as well!” Later, the hurricane center said that it was "planted" over Grand Bahama island early Tuesday. It "won't budge", the center declared.