Before and after images reveal devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas

At least 30 people died in the Bahamas because of Dorian.

September 06, 2019, 10:48 AM

When Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm, it wrecked havoc on the idyllic islands. Satellite images taken in 2018 and on Thursday show in great detail Dorian's destructive force on Great Abaco Island, where some of the worst damage occurred.

Hurricane force winds ripped apart buildings and tossed ships ashore. Whole towns and the local airport became submerged, complicating rescue and relief efforts.

"I have never seen destruction like this on this scale on an island before," ABC News correspondent Marcus Moore told "Good Morning America" Tuesday from Marsh Harbour, a town in the Abaco Islands.

A U.S. State Department official said the Abaco Islands' Leonard M. Thompson International Airport is completely underwater.

Helicopters were deployed to airlift people from the Marsh Harbour Clinic to Nassau where relief efforts were being coordinated.

The death toll in the Bahamas reached 30 on Thursday, but Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands told a local radio station that the final death count will be "staggering."

PHOTO: Before Hurricane Dorian struck Green Turtle Cay off Great Abaco Island in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
Before Hurricane Dorian struck Green Turtle Cay off Great Abaco Island in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
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PHOTO: After Hurricane Dorian struck Green Turtle Cay off Great Abaco Island, Bahamas in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
After Hurricane Dorian struck Green Turtle Cay off Great Abaco Island, Bahamas in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
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PHOTO: Before Hurricane Dorian struck Marsh Harbor marinas on Great Abaco, Bahamas in a satellite photo taken Oct. 25, 2018.
Before Hurricane Dorian struck Marsh Harbor marinas on Great Abaco, Bahamas in a satellite photo taken Oct. 25, 2018.
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PHOTO: After Hurricane Dorian struck Marsh Harbor marinas on Great Abaco, Bahamas in a satellite photo taken Sept. 5, 2019.
After Hurricane Dorian struck Marsh Harbor marinas on Great Abaco, Bahamas in a satellite photo taken Sept. 5, 2019.
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PHOTO:Before Hurricane Dorian struck downtown Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
Before Hurricane Dorian struck downtown Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
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PHOTO: After Hurricane Dorian struck downtown Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
After Hurricane Dorian struck downtown Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
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PHOTO: Before Hurricane Dorian strck northwestern Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
Before Hurricane Dorian strck northwestern Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
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PHOTO: After Hurricane Dorian struck northwestern Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
After Hurricane Dorian struck northwestern Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island, Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
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PHOTO: Before:Leonard Thompson International Airport on Great Abaco Island before Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
Before:Leonard Thompson International Airport on Great Abaco Island before Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas in a satellite image taken Oct. 25, 2018.
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PHOTO: After: Leonard Thompson International Airport on Great Abaco Island after Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
After: Leonard Thompson International Airport on Great Abaco Island after Hurricane Dorian swept through the Bahamas, in a satellite image taken Sept. 5, 2019.
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