Days after Hurricane Dorian bore down in fury on the Bahamas, leaving at least 23 people dead and thousands homeless, harrowing stories of survival have begun to emerge.
Sandra Cooke, a resident of Nassau, the capital, said her sister-in-law had been trapped under a collapsed roof in the Abaco Islands. At first, her brother couldn’t find his wife, but the family dog eventually detected her in the rubble. When there was a break in the storm, neighbours helped free her.
Ms. Cooke was reunited with her sister-in-law on Tuesday.
“She was trapped under the roof for 17 hours,” said Ms. Cooke on Wednesday, adding that she had hired a private helicopter service to bring the rescued woman to Nassau.
But officials fear that as the picture on the ground becomes clearer, the death toll could rise.