Transcript for Images from Bahamas reveal scope of hurricane’s destruction
work after labor day, but for millions of others, they are holding out hope tonight that this hurricane stays on the current track, hugging the coastline as it moves north. Now dangerously close to Florida tonight. Unclear if it will make land. At some point. What we do know tonight, the damage in the Bahamas. Authorities are calling it historic and unpreunprecedented. Take a look. New images of the hurricane as it sat over the Bahamas nor nearly 48 hours straight. A category 5 hurricane there. This family with their dogs trying to escape floodwaters chest-high. And for the first time tonight, the staggering damage. Homes, cars, everything as far as you can see, destroyed. And take a look at this image of grand bahama island before the storm and then after Dorian. Much of the island under water. Tonight, tropical storm-force winds are battering Florida. And look at the storm track at this hour. All the way up through north Carolina, closer than earlier tracks had it. We time this out tonight. And ABC's Marcus Moore from the Bahamas, the scene of unimaginable destruction tonight. Reporter: Tonight, total devastation. The first images from above the Bahamas revealing the scope of the destruction and an emerging humanitarian disaster. Home splintered, the trees stripped and water everywhere. Hurricane Dorian finally moving on after stalling, spinning over these islands for more than 48 hours. Winds gusting to 220 miles an hour. The devastation here is breathtaking. You can see that building behind me. It has collapsed, and look at this yacht on the ground, resting up against this condo. As the eye moves over marsh harbour and the winds calm, we heard screams and found four people surrounded by storm surge. Swim! Swim! Keep going! Reporter: Our producer urging them to swim for their lives before the storm's howling winds pick up again. Soon, reaching the safety of higher ground and rushing to shelter. The scenes playing out on multiple islands. I'm coming. Reporter: In freeport, a man, his daughter and son braving the treacherous storm surge, fleeing their home while carrying their dogs through chest-deep water. That storm surge crashing against the glass on the second floor of this building, water racing in from the stairs to the floor below. The U.S. Coast guard airlifting the injured and those with medical conditions to the capital, Nassau. You can see a United States coast guard helicopter behind me, another military aircraft helicopter. They've been running patients in and out, they've been rescuing from the abacos. Reporter: Government officials saying there are areas first responders still cannot reach, and more than 60,000 will need food and clean water. It is a dire situation here. People are in desperate need of food and water and they are hoping that that aid will come in sooner rather than later. David? . We hope so too. Marcus Moore in Nassau tonight. Marcus, thank you. And at this hour, hurricane Dorian is on track to ride the
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