Thousands of hurricane survivors have been filing off boats and planes in the capital of the Bahamas, facing the need to start new lives after Hurricane Dorian but with little ideas on how or where to begin.
Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwaters and debris after Hurricane Dorian, as the death toll rose to 43.
Hurricane Dorian, back to a category three storm, has begun raking the south-east US seaboard.
Relief officials have reported scenes of utter ruin in parts of the Bahamas and rushed to deal with an unfolding humanitarian crisis in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
Footage has been released from on board a US hurricane hunter jet as it flew through the eye of Hurricane Dorian on Sunday.
Hurricane Dorian hovered over the Bahamas, pummelling the islands with a fearsome Category 5 assault that shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passes.
Hurricane Dorian struck the northern Bahamas as a catastrophic Category 5 storm with record 185mph winds ripping off roofs, overturning cars and tearing down power lines.
South Carolina’s governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation of the state’s entire coast as Hurricane Dorian threatens.
A dangerous Hurricane Dorian closed in on the northern Bahamas early on Sunday, threatening to batter islands with 150mph winds, pounding waves and torrential rain as people hunkered down in schools, churches and other shelters.
Hurricane Dorian has gained strength as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm, bearing down on the north-western Bahamas en route to Florida’s east coast.