Five people have been killed on Abaco Islands and many have been left homeless across the archipelago.
Here, in their own words, is what people are going through in the Bahamas as they deal with Dorian.
“From all accounts, we have received catastrophic damage,” to the Abacos, Darren Henfield, the Bahamian minister of foreign affairs, said in a Monday news conference, referring to the Abacos Islands. “We have reports of casualties, we have reports of bodies being seen. We cannot confirm those reports until we go out and see for ourselves.”
“It’s not safe to go outdoors, power lines are down, lamp posts are down, trees are across the street. It is very dangerous to be outdoors if you don’t have to be outdoors. We’re holding strong … we’re just asking you to continue to pray for us.”
‘This needs to end’
Vernal Cooper sheltered from Dorian in a government building in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
He said his home was also affected.
“The roof was blown off, with wind and rain battering inside the house. It was the single most-scariest thing I’ve ever experienced in my life,” he added.
Cooper said many people in the Abaco Islands aren’t able to talk to their relatives because communication lines are cut out due to power outages.
“So many family members are worried,” he said.
‘Howling, blasting, wailing’
CNN’s Patrick Oppmann described what the storm sounded like Sunday night as Dorian made its way through Grand Bahama Island.
“Sounds like a jet engine outside right now,” said Oppman, during his live report from the city of Freeport. “Howling, blasting, wailing. The longest night of so many people’s lives in the Bahamas right now.
‘The worst is yet to come’
“Everyone in the house is safe but the worst is yet to come,” Chandler told CNN. “There is about 6 feet of water at the moment outside. Inside the house, water is about 5 feet and will continue to rise. It is a two-story home so my family is upstairs.”
‘I’m hiding upstairs’
Ingermar Nixon is riding out the storm from his house on the beach in Freeport.
“The situation is devastating. Lots of wind and rain,” he told CNN. “Last night it was a huge amount of wind with a lot of gust. It started raining heavy following the wind.”
He said his house has suffered damage.
“The window is leaking water and there was flooding on the ground floor,” Said Nixon. “I’m hiding upstairs. I’m planning to stay here as there’s nowhere to go now. Water is creeping up to my house with the ocean at the back of it.”
‘Praying for my family’
He said his family is doing well but suffered a lot of damage.
“Praying for my family and others in the Bahamas,” he said in a tweet.