‘Grand Bahama right now is dead’: A firsthand look at Dorian’s destruction – CNN

Editor’s Note:Patrick Oppmann is a CNN correspondent based in Havana. Jaide Timm-Garcia is a CNN producer in Atlanta. Jose Armijo is a CNN photojournalist based in Mexico City. Freeport, Bahamas (CNN) — It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, but the deadly hurricane continues to haunt those of us who rode

Editor’s Note:Patrick Oppmann is a CNN correspondent based in Havana. Jaide Timm-Garcia is a CNN producer in Atlanta. Jose Armijo is a CNN photojournalist based in Mexico City.

Freeport, Bahamas (CNN) — It’s been almost a week since Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, but the deadly hurricane continues to haunt those of us who rode out the storm here.

At least 45 people are dead, hundreds are missing and some 70,000 are homeless. There is no power or running water. Aid is arriving slowly on the island of Grand Bahama, where Dorian parked for almost two days and caused damage one usually witnesses in a war zone.

It’s impossible to fully capture the devastation we see every day. We’re only about 80 miles from Florida, but the miles of rubble Dorian left in its wake have made this part of the Bahamas feel as remote as any place on Earth.

On August 30, CNN sent the three of us to Freeport, on Grand Bahama, to cover the storm. The trip was so last-minute that we bought many of the staples of hurricane coverage at an airport newsstand: beef jerky, peanut butter and as many water bottles as we could carry.

We had to scramble to catch American Airlines flight 3489 from Miami, which turned out to be the last from the US to Grand Bahama before Dorian hit.

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