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hello, everyone. i'm alex witt here at msnbc world headquarters in new york. you're watching special breaking news coverage of hurricane dorian. the storm is battering the carolina coast as a category 1 right now. the outer banks bracing for the worst as the rain comes pelting down, there is fear about a life-threatening storm surge and damage from more than 20 tornadoes, and all of this comes with new pictures of the devastation that storm brought to the bahamas. the storm has still weakened,
but it is battering the carolinas. drenching rains extending as far north as new england. and as rain bands spread out over the carolinas, 900,000 people were ordered to evacuate. some areas are seeing sustained wind speeds of up to 90 to 100 miles per hour, and power is out in more than 280,000 homes. flash flooding has already inundated parts of charleston, south carolina, leaving drivers stranded, people marooned in their homes as well. and several parts of north carolina, suspected tornadoes left trails of destruction. here you're about to see mobile homes in emerald isle. they were tossed around like toys. we're also watching the other big story today. that's the rising death toll in the bahamas in dorian's aftermath. now at least 30 dead and the bahamian health minister says he expects that number to be significantly higher in coming days as more rescue workers reach victims. that storm pounded grand bahama island earlier in the week as it
effectively just stalled right over that island for a couple of days. first up in our coverage, let's go to msnbc meteorologist bill karins. he is tracking dorian's every move. where is this storm right now, bill? >> it's about to move very close, if not over the top of the cape lookout. it will be interesting to see if we get an official landfall or not. but the northern eye, the bright red is now moving onshore. this is the first time that the core of the hurricane has been over land since it left grand bahama island. it also by the way this is the ninth day in a row we've been tracking hurricane dorian. only 10% of all hurricanes usually last that long. if you have hurricane fatigue, there is a good reason for it. we also have this tornado watch that continues until 7:00 a.m. numerous bands, and this could even be continued. we have 14 tornadoes in the last 24 hours, and a couple of them were pretty big ones. let's go a little closer zoomed in map here, and here is morehead city. once you go out the barrier
island, that's atlantic beach. to the right is beaufort area. this is cape lookout. this is cape lookout national seashore. this is the cedar island ferry there up to the north. and the thing that we're watching is this is kind of -- you see a little spin. that's the center of the storm. that has to go over land for it to be called a landfall. just because we have the eye over land doesn't mean that that's what we're dealing with. doesn't mean we get an official lawful. we may have to wait until the outer banks. regardless, the strongest winds are with this northern band. you can see the arc on. it's only about half a semicircle, but the northern part is over land right now. so obviously, if we're going to have any really high wind gust, this is where it's going to be occurring in the next hour or two. as far as impacts go, storm surge, we got past the high tide cycle. most of the areas are going to be two to three feet. that's all we've reenly seen with this storm. i'm not too concerned with that. inland flooding, a huge mess right now. there is numerous flash flood warnings. as far as the wind gusts go, i
think we're going get some gusts possibly in the 80-mile-per-hour range, maybe 90 on the outer banks. they can handle that. they're built for that. they see that maybe every other summer with storms. this is the map that is alarming. if there are any lives being taken, this is the danger. flash flood warnings everywhere in maroon. that's a huge section of the eastern half of north carolina. some areas reported 6 to 10 inches of rain already, and it's still pouring. someone is going to end up probably with 10 to 15. so all those little small rivers and creeks are filling up in a hurry. that's one of the concerns we have. this area of pink, that's another 7 inches on top of what you've already seen that includes area from edenton to washington. 3 inches up 70, goldsboro to kinsston. this area of red here is a possibility of hurricane-force winds. this is all carteret county. the outer banks are squarely in the tropical storm winds. and now it's up towards kill devil hills. now it's sneaking up towards
virginia beach too. this wind field in yellow, it's a huge encompassing storm, but the center is not as intense as it was. we'll wait and see. we have morehead city. there is a wind gauge there, and there is also one at cape lookout. we'll get a good idea. when the band moves a little farther to the north, we'll see how high the winds are, and that will determine how much damage we're going to get. we'll watch these over the next two hours, alex. even on the back side of the storm, it's still gusting pretty good at wilmington 57. i'm sure that's keeping some people up in the middle of the night, not lets them get some good sleep. >> hey, bill, is there any chance dorian could reconfigure itself into a more powerful hurricane? >> no. too late now. >> that will peter out? >> it's actually being more sheared. it's starting to move faster now. but the wind shear, the winds aloft are not favorable for development. and that's why it's still over warm water. the hurricane center says it will slowly weaken. right now we're at 90. maybe it will go down to 85 or
80. we're six, seven hours away. it's right here right now. it's moving fast enough now that in six or seven hours, it's exiting the outer banks. this is it. if there is going to be any significant damage, it would be in the next six hours. it still has a nice northern eye wall, but it does not look like a healthy hurricane. not even close to what it was a couple of days ago. hopefully it's just a glancing blow here. and maybe some scattered power outages that they can get back up in a day or two, and fingers crossed, that will be the worst of it. >> all right. we'll take an unhealthy hurricane going forward. thank you so much, bill karins for that. live in north carolina for us with the latest developments on the ground, we're going to go first to you, david, there in a very wet and rainy nags head there in the outer banks. how bad is it? the picture looks pretty bad. you look pretty soaked. >> that is true. we've been getting rain and wind in bands as built was describing. it's picked up in the last
couple of hours. i noticed as we've been talking to people today, they've been watching the storm for days, first watching what hatched in the bahamas, then as it moved up the coast, watching what happened today in charleston as the storm sat there off the coast of charleston for hours, moving very slowly up here. people paying attention to what's happening in carteret county. a number of towns and cities bill mentioned a moment ago. the concern here is about water, about inundation of water. while we had high tide, we saw the tides come up the beach a little more. we haven't seen any spill over, at least not where i am in the northern part of the outer banks. earlier today i was down south of here, down highway 12 in hatteras, in buxton, and you're already seeing evidence of water getting on to that two-lane highway. and for folks who live in those parts of the outer banks, that's what is most worry some to them. they told me they deal with wind all the time. 50, 60-mile-per-hour winds are something they're used to. but that kind of damage to the road, be it from water, be it
from sand, be it from sea grass is something that could isolate the communities for day, even weeks at a time. as bill is saying, these next six, seven hours are going to be a trial for them to see what happens when the sunrises tomorrow, how isolated they're going to be. the farther south in the outer banks, the more likely it was that you would find folks that wanted to stick around that didn't want to be unable to come back to their homes. we're getting a lot of what cal perry in wilmington has been getting hoo in past few hours. cal, i imagine you're getting less of it. give us an update of what's happening in wilmington. >> that's exactly right. as you sort of look at that radar that bill karins is putting out, we're finally out of the yellow and into the green. so little bit of a chance to breathe here in wilmington. it feels like we may have dodged a bullet on the flooding. we got past that high tide as you mention, but i will say a caveat. it is of course dark out. so the police are going to get out on to the ground at around 5:00 a.m. we expect that to happen on some of those outer bank areas where
i am, about 13 miles from where i am. you will remember, of course, last year, hurricane florence came ashore here in wilmington as a category 2 storm, and it flooded this city. it separated this city from the rest of the state. for four day, people were isolated in this city. a lot of people it seems according to the mayor decided to stay here because of that. they were worried they wouldn't be able to get back into their homes. power. we're always worried about the power situation here in new hanover county. 24,000 customers according to duke energy without power. they've staged some 1500 electricity trucks north of here near raleigh. those trucks should be able to get in the morning. they'll get those tree branches off the roads. hopefully get that power back up and running. we will have to wait and see how the outer bank downs here fared. but look, compared to what we saw in the caribbean, compared to what we saw in the bahamas, it looks like maybe north carolina was spared from this storm, david. >> cal, we're going to keep our
fingers crossed. you mentioned the rescue efforts, the recovery efforts that are going to be happening the next few hours. i want to stress how remote these outer banks are. as we were driving up and down highway 12 today, you saw volunteer firefighters, but what struck me most about this area today is the emptiness of it. there was an evacuation order here, evacuation order for a lot of the outer banks, and that was mostly heeded. as somebody who has been here before to vacation, it was erie to see how empty this place was. i'm out here. as the wind increase, the rain increases as well, woo el give you updates throughout the mornings, better you than me, my friend. thank you. appreciate it. we'll see you guys both again in just a bit. of course, thousands remain without power in north carolina right now. according to state officials. joining me on the phone is greg thomas, communications officer for the north carolina department of public safety. greg, with a welcome to you on this very busy night for all of
you. what's the story with power? how many are out? and i guess the big question is how long will it take to get power restored? >> thanks. currently we've got a little more than 100,000 power outages reported at the last update that i received. hard to speculate on how quickly those numbers can be reduced. obviously, you need to have safe conditions for those crews to get out there. but hopefully they can be taken care of quickly tomorrow. perhaps starting in the southeastern portions of the state where the weather has cleared up already. >> you know, greg, we talked about my colleagues about how a lot of people prepared appropriately, and even bill karins, our meteorologist discussed how particularly in the outer banks, they are used to this kind of thing. every other summer it seems they get hit with a pretty bad storm. nonetheless, it must be more than just the resources that you're able to provide. have you asked for and received help? or are you guys able to go it
alone in terms of repairing things? >> certainly the north carolina division of emergency management has a great reputation and track record of preparing and responding to storms of this sort. we just had florence last year. we're well stocked with our assets. we certainly welcome the assistance of the power crews from other states. we have health workers from other states who assist us, but we're well-stocked and ready to deploy our assets and personnel at a moment's notice. >> the gravest concern must be for the low-lying areas along the coast. are they properly prepared for potential flooding and storm surge as well? and for those who were asked to, whether by mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders, have they heeded those orders? >> a great many people who were asked and/or ordered to evacuate have. we've got 70 shelters open
throughout north carolina. about 3400 people are utilizing those services right now. so we feel good about that. those are safe places. we certainly prefer people to be in a good safe location and stay in that location until the storm passes and the roads are deemed to be passable and safe. >> yeah. i got to tell you, greg, i very much appreciate the confidence in your voice as you're talking about all this. but i'm sure you have a lot of work ahead. what is the most daunting challenge for you at this time? >> certainly figuring out dangerous locations, whether it be roadways, certainly we're going to have trees down and power lines down. we certainly don't want people driving through standing water and especially not running water. we all know that it doesn't take too many inches of fast running water to sweep a car off the road. >> yeah. >> and so many deaths in hurricanes come from drowning. >> yeah. >> so really, we prefer everyone
stay in place until we know everything is safe to proceed. >> very good advice from you, greg thomas. best of luck as you guys get everything restored back to normal there in north carolina. thank you so much. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> joining me right now, marsha catron, press secretary for the homeland security department. talk about what you think are the biggest challenges to restoring normalcy, and how much time that take? i mean it seems like first of all water has to recede. >> that's right. so what folks are most worried about right now is what greg mentioned, that storm surge coming through. that's when actually the majority of deaths happen during hurricanes, unfortunately. plus the winds and the rainfall. so that can cause a delay for emergency and first responders to get to people. and we don't know how long that will take. and people have to be careful.
there may be downed power lines. make sure your phones are charged. make sure you have a radio, a plan in place, and all of these sorts of things so that you can kind of wait things out so that it's safe for the emergency responders to get to you. >> absolutely. marsha, you're going to be with us later in the hour as well. so thank you for following all the updates on this storm. appreciate that. so what was it like to live through dorian on the bahamas? we're going to check in with the country's minister of agriculture next to see how he and his fellow citizens are trying to cope. we'll also monitor the situation along north carolina's outer banks. here is what it looks like in nags head as we're giving you a live picture here on msnbc. ♪
welcome back, everyone. we are covering hurricane dorian live throughout the night here own msnbc. the storm is currently lashing north carolina's coastline with dangerous winds and heavy rain as it moves northward. just offshore, there is a major risk of flooding and tornadoes in areas already flooded. a massive rescue and relief effort is under way right now in the bahamas after the hurricane carved a path of utter devastation through the islands. the death toll has climbed to 30, and hundreds remain unaccounted for according to
officials. joining me on the phone is michael pintar. michael, with a welcome to you during these difficulty times. i know that you, sir, rode out that storm. you in fact shared footage of the nearly 20-foot storm surge flooding your home there on grand bahama island. talk about what that was like to experience the storm, and what was behind your decision to stay. >> thank you very much for having me on so that i can share a bit of what was a horrific experience for me and my family, but more importantly, what was extremely horrific for so many morye bahamian families, some o whom unfortunately lost loved ones. and certainly we followed carefully the predicts that were made by the experts from the meteorology department in the bahamas as well as the
international experts who tracked this storm from the earliest stages. and it is clear that in many way, the impact of this hurricane exceeded the worst expectations of certainly most of us. we actually -- my family and i took advice. we carefully assessed the affected areas that were predicted, and we had no expectation that it would be possible for windows that were 20 feet off the ground, which then meant that there were few more feet before the storm that the water would have been able to climb for feet from a canal,
an additional 20 plus feet from the bank of the canal to the window. we had no expectation that that could actually occur, and occur with the kind of ferociousness that it did. >> michael, we're looking at the pictures here, and for a brief period of time, it looked as if the inside of your house remained dry with just these waves lashing on the outside. i mean, it's got to be incredibly frightening to see that kind of, you know, storm surge coming your way and wondering how long will the windows there hold things back. but when i think about the title of your position, minister of agriculture and marine resources, michael, the agriculture there must be utterly wiped out. the marine resource, destroyed. where do you begin to think about how to start rebuilding?
>> well, we have to do the assessment. and it's clear to us that there is tremendous devastation. however, the bahamas is an archipelago. so we have a chain of islands stretching from 100,000 square miles from the tip of florida, really to the tip of cuba. and so while the northern islands have been adversely affected, two out of the three most important islands to the bahamas' economy has been devastated in many ways, the reality is the remainder of the country for the most part remains intact. and so amid the challenges we're facing, the loss, human life and property, we have a country that
is still in fact functioning. that is both the beauty of an archipelago and the challenge of governing a chain of islands. >> yeah. >> and so we are in the midst of doing that assessment, and, again, while this is the worst storm that has ever hit the bahamas, and in fact that's on record, in this hemisphere, certainly for us, we know that we've gone through difficult times before, and we have the capacity to rebuild. and we are a resilient people in the caribbean, in general, and in the bahamas in particular. and we will grieve as a country, as a region for the loss of life. however, we will in fact rebuild and we will rebound. >> i'm sure you will. i very much appreciate the
courage with which you've done this interview in the face of such devastation. we will keep following and send a lot of prayers, well wishes, and whatever resources we can your way to help. michael pintard, thank you so much. best of luck, sir. appreciate it. >> thank you very much. >> we're going to send it over to my colleague, david gura. he is in nags head now in the dark, in the rain. to you now, david. >> thank you so much, alex. thousands of people from this community and others have left. they have left as the governor issued a mandatory evacuation order. in the days they'll try to return to this place, pick up the pieces from what may have been damaged there will be organizations helping with that relief effort. the salvation army is one of them, and captain curtis kratz is an officer with the salvation army in new bern, north carolina. that's down in craven county, a place that was hard hit certainly back in 2018. captain, thank you very much for being with us. i wonder if we could start by
you telling me what your organization, what the salvation army is up to here as the storm continues to lash and batter north carolina. what's under way? >> well, obviously, the salvation army working on making sure they're feeding people in shelters and partnering with their local eocs, obviously for the whole coastline of north carolina and south carolina has been hit with the storm. they've already been feeding people. here in craven county and pimlico county, which is the areas we serve, we're feeding the -- helping and partnering with the shelter in pimlico county. we're partnering with the department of human services to help feed them. because we're not -- each unit is not as big as other units. we're doing that. i believe they had over one hundred people feeding there. those are some of the things we're preparing. there are also 17 canteens ready to serve in the north carolina renal. obviously with the 600 centers
in the nation, there are other people getting ready to help if the need arises. >> captain kratz, i mentioned hurricane florence, 2018. a storm that devastated your community. and i wonder what lessons you and the salvation army learned from that, what you have taken from that experience here, as we look to what dorian might do to this part of north carolina. >> i think one of the things we learned, our building personally got damaged during florence because we're pretty close to the river, and obviously because of florence, many of the people in craven county, in the surrounding areas are a little bit on edge with the storm. each storm is different and unique. but we learned to be a little more prepare and to listen to the emergency management people. when they say go, go. don't hang around. it's better for you to live and then help others later than to try to rush in and, you know, i hope that makes sense. i'm so tired. forgive me. >> i hear you.
we're all weary here. let me ask you lastly how viewers can help. i know there will good a lot of people watching this storm hit south carolina, hit north carolina, wondering how they can help. your organizations and others. give us a sense of what you need at this point. >> monetary donations are always the best thing, because with storms, you never know what the need is going to be. if you dial 1-800-sal-army, you can give a monetary bone nation there. po box 1959, atlanta, georgia if you want the mail a check. and you can put hurricane dorian in that aspect to help us meet the needs where they're at. and obviously, we're a faith-based organization. so prayer always works. and those are ways that you can help us serve others in the communities where we're at. and when you go to websites, you can obviously sign up and figure out ways you can volunteer in your community and help the salvation army. . that is captain curtis kratz.
he is an officer with the salvation army of new bern. as he said, he has been up a long time. everyone i talked to has been putting in a loft hours as the storm approached. we thank the captain very much. a lot of volunteerism in these communities. again, as i was driving down highway 12 today, struck by how many volunteer rescuers and fire departments were getting ready for this storm. yes, you've got the state involved. yes, good people in their communities trying to safely do their part here as the storm hits the coast. >> absolutely. the silver lining to such utter devastation when you see the humanitarian response. david gura, thank you so much. i know you're exhausted as well, my friend. we're going call on you in just a bit again. we're going to check in with meteorologist bill karins for the very latest details, next.
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treacherous conditions near the coasts of both south and north carolina. meanwhile, the bahamas devastated by dorian. people there are camping out at the abaco airport, trying to get out of the disaster zone. that tiny island is serviced by small propeller planes that carry only 16 passengers each. many survivors say they have nowhere to go. it is a tragic time there. let's go to meteorologist bill kari karins. where do things stand right now? what are things we have to watch for in the next few hours? and how long do you think we will be keeping an eye on dorian? >> the storm itself now is bringing its worst weather conditions it has into areas from morehead city into areas around cape lookout. this is carteret county in north carolina. the winds are showing up 59, 55, 56. they haven't really updated in a while. sometimes when the winds get too high, the devices with stop working. i notice hatteras had a gust of 57. that's the highest wind gust you've had. wilmington is at 57.
a lot of eastern north carolina solid tropical storm-force winds. we have yet to see any gust to hurricane, though. you can see the buoy on the back side registered a 78 miles per hour wind gust. there are some winds out there that are strong enough to do some damage and to cause some problems. the number one threat flash flooding. 6 million people in the flood watch. your heavy rain is about done. it's still pouring in many areas of north carolina, and that's where the majority, everywhere maroon has been issued a flash flood warning because of excessive rainfall. some locations have already picked up 10 inches of rain. we think we're going get another possible 4 to 6 inches in the region, and that will give us -- someone is going to end up with almost 15 inches of rain. and now it's actually moving at a decent speed too. so it's pretty impressive. so as we go throughout time, let's go to 6:00 a.m. on friday. so this is the position where the storm will be heading past morehead city. we still think the wind gust, the peak of it is now in
morehead city. there could be a gust, 75 to 95. and i think that the rainfall total is going to be about 8 to 12. this then the storm goes past cape hatteras. this takes us past 9:00 a.m. it moves quickly over the next four to five hours. by the time we get to the noon hour and the lunch hour, then the storm is gone. there is still leftover rain. even by 2:00 p.m., a little bit of rain is left. but a lot of the windy conditions will be completely gone. and as far as interest up towards the cape cod, this is the forecast path. and it does -- the hurricane center does bring it into nova scotia on saturday as a hurricane. so dorian is not completely done with land areas yet. and it may just clip areas especially martha's vineyard, nantucket, chatham heading back to brewster, all the areas have a chance of getting tropical storm wind gusts. that's why you have tropical storm warnings. and there will be a little rain tomorrow and into the early afternoon in southern new
england. so. of the moisture getting pulled northward from the storms. if there is something really dangerous, it's this, this high risk of flash flooding in the outer banks. the one spot right now that has the worst weather with this hurricane is going to be from morehead city to atlantic beach, to beaufort. that's right in the northern eye. you see the bright pinks here? that's torrential that's going to be rotating right into the regions. we'll watch that and i'll keep an eye on the wind gusts. if we get anything that's really eye-popping, i'll let you know. >> i did want to ask you about the wind gusts. i know i with us checking the 3:00 a.m. from the hurricane center. when i look at your map, you're not registering anything up to beyond upper 70s at the very highest point there. >> they're talking about -- so the airplane flies, the hurricane hunters have still been flying through this thing. and they have a device on there that they can actually pick up and see what the highest winds are. and that's kind of what they're estimating and what they're seeing with their devices.
now that could be over the ocean. it could be with these thunderstorms here or these back over here. that's in one little spot. so that's never going to be really widespread. and most of the time the north and northeast quadrant is where the highest winds are. my guess is the highest winds are just off the cape lookout right now. i'll let you know. >> okay. i know you will. thank you so much, bill karins. check again on the conditions in north carolina. new information next. we're going to take you live to nags head, which you see right here. also look at wilmington, north carolina. still raining there as well. stay with us here on msnbc. if you have medicare, listen up.
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welcome back to our continuing coverage of hurricane dorian. i'm david gura in nags head, north carolina. i want to give you an update from where i stand in the northern part of the outer banks in north carolina. the winds have picked up. the rain has picked up as well. but we're definitely feeling these bands of wind, and bands of rain. it's kind of coming in waves. my colleague cal perry has been covering this storm from wilmington, north carolina, feeling those bands acutely over the last few hours. giving him a taste of what i'm going to get in the next few hours. cal, get me up to speed. what have you felt, and what can we look forward to here where i'm standing in the outer banks? >> look, i think we're out of the worst of it now in
wilmington. we will every once in a while get a wind pickup from one of the bands. the rain has died down, and it's allowing some of the officials to start getting mobilized to start get out on the streets. about 13 miles from where i am on the coast in carolina beach, for example, authorities will be out at 5:00 in the morning to assess the damage, to look at some of the floofding. keep in mind wilmington is a city that easily floods. it flooded very badly a year ago during hurricane florence. it feels like we kind of dodged the worst of it here in wilmington. obviously where you are, the situation is still to be determined with the conditions there potentially still to deteriorate. but here, as i said in wilmington, one of the concerns being folks without power, 24,000 customers. it should be relatively easy. i do clarify should be relatively easy to get the power become on, considering that this storm has now moved up to the north and away from wilmington, headed to your direction, david. >> cal, i want to ask you about
a couple of things here. the first is about the past. what you experienced last year, i know you were covering storms in wilmington during the last storm season. how this one feels different, and from that what lessons folks took from the hurricane last year. and secondly, there has been so much emphasis, so much focus on tornadic activated, on the tornadoes that have been cast off from the storm. what are you hearing from folks about that concern over the last 24 hours? >> the second one first. on the tornadoes, it feels like that's how we started the day. there were a couple of tornadoes on the ground north of here. but it feels as if the storm moved, the tornadoes stayed north of where i am towards the raleigh area a little bit there. you're seeing that tornado i spoke about on your screen now as it touched down around 1:30 p.m. here outside of wilmington. on the difference of the hurricanes, really interesting the way that these hurricanes behave. last year hurricane florence came onshore to wilmington, and
it stalled. it stalled for 36 hours, and it dumped rain on this city. and that's what caused the flooding. the speed of this hurricane, hurricane dorian, it was much faster. it moved out of town much quicker, and it skirted the coast. so it looks like wilmington avoided the direct hit. but the more of these i cover, and the more i listen to bill karins in the studio, it feels like weather is local. and the way that these hurricanes behave is more important sometimes than the category of the hurricanes certainly. that was the case last year when hurricane florence, as i said, it came over on to wilmington. i remember i came off one of these overnight shifts, and then i went to sleep for six hours. and the eye of the hurricane really didn't move in those six hours. and that's what caused that flooding, david. >> cal perry, my colleague in wilmington, north carolina, which has been bearing the brunt of hurricane dorian here over the last few hours. and alex, i just want to note
theres that been such good responses i've seen to the evacuation orders, the concern that has been raised by the state government. i grew up in chapel hill, north carolina. so a good deal inland. but i know that there have been warnings issued throughout eastern north carolina leading to the triangle. one of the largest shelters the state has opened up is in durham, northgate mall there. people taking heed i think is the moral that i'd like to stress there with you as i go become to you in new york, alex. >> absolutely, david. i know you were saying it was somewhat eerie as you were making your way to that location, because the streets were pretty empty. but you were glad for that because it means people have sought shelter and gone to safety. david gura and cal perry as well, thank you. what's being done to help the survivors after dorian just pounded those islands, and the search to find hundreds of people still missing. - in the last year, there were three victims
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many families are stranded. we have seen search-and-rescue operations around the clock. and take a look at this rescue. >> this is terrible. this is terrible. look at the people there. look at the people. >> what you're seeing there is a family pulled one by one from their attic, just one example of bahamians helping each other. we have also heard of stories of survival and loss, and they are harrowing. >> we need help. we need help. that's all i can say. that's it. >> physically, there are a lot of people that lost their limbs. there was a guy that tried to save his mom. he lost his arm. but the current took her. another guy, he lost his son. >> we have a friend right now he was trying to save a little boy's life. he went back in to save the other child's life, and the tide took him out, and we haven't heard from him since. >> as we were running, we were
pushing bodies on the side to get through. >> bodies -- pushing people, deceased people? >> yes, that were floating in the water. >> you're on the roof, grabbing your brother. and debris does this. >> that's just the knee. and i hcouldn't let him go. if i let him go, he would have washed away. i watched my friend die in front of me. >> harrowing to say the least. morgan chesky now in nassau. morgan, to you. >> alex, we are here in nassau where the efforts to save those people in those hard hit islands went all day long today. we do know that a break is coming with night fall as helicopters can't get though those islands at this point in time. for the first time, we had a chance to go to marsh harbour, one of the places that dorian struck first when it made landfall on abaco island. the airport there just reopened today after being under water for the past several days. upon landing, the first thing we
saw were dozens of people around the building, trying to get off that island, after losing everything. we made our way into the town, driving over roads that were still flooded, debris covered in a lot of instances, and we came upon a clinic that has become a bit of a public gathering place. hundreds of people outside. none really seriously injured, but no one else having anywhere else to go because each person we spoke to said dorian took away their home and nearly all of them said they lost everything. at this point in time, we believe that 50% of all structures on both abaco island and neighboring grand bahama were either damaged or destroyed, and i can believe that it's at least that after driving through what's left of marsh harbour earlier today. we expect a full update from government officials later today, but until then, we'll send it back to you. >> all right, morgan chesky, thank you so much for that. joining me right now once again, marsha catron, former press secretary for the department of homeland security.
marsha, as you look at the stories and the video that morgan chesky and our other colleagues have been bringing us, it's got to show the utter devastation and the incredible humanitarian need that is present there in the bahamas, if not elsewhere. how do you even begin to go about trying to restore some semblance of even sanity there and get the kind of help you need to these people? >> that's right, alex. and right now what folks are trying to do are recovery effort to get folks to safety as quickly as possible. and those stories that we just saw are really moving. the best way to help people right now is to donate money rather than to send goods. so if you go to the bahamas.com, there are a list of things that they need. and in the quickest and fastest way to help these folks get relief is just to donate money rather than to donate things. but first response and recovery, and then they will start to take steps to rebuild.
>> and this is the kind of thing that an overwhelming international response is needed here, right? this is not just on the backs of the united states. >> that's right. so usaid is helping, and also a couple of components of dhs are helping out with the response and recovery effort. but this will be a whole response. the amount of devastation here is just something crazy. so we hope that everyone comes in to help the bahamas. >> yeah. i got to say, when you look at the bahamas, what goes through your mind, marsha, about where they even start? what do they do fist? >> first, hopefully they get to safety, and get to a place where they can wait it out and hope that folks can get to them quickly. and folks will get to them. but they have to make sure it's safe for them first. you know, there are a lot of downed power lines. there are flooding and unsafe conditions first that these folks have to be able to get
through in order to get to folks. but, again, there is a recovery effort on its way. i think what folks need to remember is rather than send bottled water or send supplies and things like that, the fastest way to help is just to donate cash, not stuff. >> you umake a very good point. marsha catron, thank you so much for joining us. and to marsha's point, everybody, one more time, here is how you can help the recovery efforts in the bahamas. these are three of the international humanitarian groups right now helping the victims there. that's going to do it for me this hour. i'm alex witt. thanks for watching. up next, yasmin vossoughian and ayman mohyeldin. when the storm will start to move out to sea. for so many, that cannot come soon enough. ♪
welcome back, everybody. hurricane dorian menacing the coast as a category 1. bill karins is going to tell us more about the storm's next path. >> heavy rain is pounding the area with absolute certainty. >> bracing for a storm surge that could leave more of the region under water. >> 20 tornadoes touching down in the carolinas. >> all of this comes as the devastation is still