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Cruise ship ferries Bahamas evacuated to Florida after Hurricane Dorian



First, her husband was able to use ropes, hammers and nails to secure his roof at Freeport, while Hurricane Dorian continued to attempt to lift it and send it flying.

Then she and 16 family members were able to leave the Bahamas-ravaged storm and make their way to Florida safety on board the humanitarian cruise ship Grand Celebration

"The storm was very intense", 57-year-old Seymour told CNN at the Palm Beach Harbor, recalling sleepless nights and many prayers. "It was really, really dramatic. It hurts my heart" to think of so many homes that can't escape, many with children.

  Daisy Roll is looking for her sister.

Daisy Roll came to the harbor worried about her sister, Loreta Rachming, to whom she had failed to connect shortly after the storm.

Roll says she's desperate. She has tried everything but cannot find anyone who has seen Rachming recovering under nursing care.

"I'm worried because I desperately need to hear if she's okay," Roll said. "I have to get her there because she got a stroke 2 years ago and can't do anything for herself. If she manages to bypass family members, we can take better care of her."

Garris Newbold travels from Georgia to Florida to meet his grandmother, great-grandmother and other relatives who have been able to board the ship at Freeport. They were without water and electricity and contact with them was noticed.

  Art Verchilo, a doctor who was in the Bahamas

"It was very stressful," Newbold said Saturday. "We just didn't know. The thought of not knowing anything is the hardest part."

Art Versillo, a 64-year-old retired physician from New York, also returned from the Bahamas to the ship.

He said, "You can see a huge amount of devastation. People have lost everything … Everything is flattened."

People are dehydrated and lack food, he said. "Just a terrible situation there."

Most of the evacuees who arrived in Florida Saturday morning were taken by family members or provided with transportation to reach loved ones in the area, but 50 of the storm survivors will be housed in the shelter, Palm Beach County officials said.

The Red Cross and United Way are coordinating with Palm Beach County agencies to provide clothing, hygiene kits, wellness and mental health to those in the shelter, the county says.

Rosa Flores reports from Florida, as Jay Croft writes, and Melissa Alonso contributes to Atlanta.


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