Hurricane Dorian: 'Thank God we are alive.' Bahamas native has incredible survival tale
Note to readers: Brandisha Adderley, 29, lives in the town of Spring City in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. She and her two-year-old daughter, Mei-Lin, and other members of her family survived Category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which flattened their home and town Sunday and Monday.
She participated in an exclusive interview with the USA TODAY Network - Florida answering questions via text messages on her phone. She was interviewed late Monday afternoon as the storm continued to bash the Bahamas. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.
I live in the Spring City community. I live in a home with my grandmother, Monica Adderley. We had to vacate the home in the midst of the storm as it collapsed around us.
When we lost our home we made it over to our neighbor, who is also a relative. Their home was compromised with the exception of one room. We all gathered there for part of the storm.
The worst part was having to physically get into the storm not knowing what to expect, especially with my two year old daughter.
Thank God for our defense force. They came and rescued us and we were taken to a library that's under construction for shelter.
There is no food.
There is no way out of our community.
Everything is wet and destroyed.
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I didn't think I was going to make it once I realized we had to face the storm on the outside. Many things could have happened. But thank God we are alive.
We have no idea where we will stay or go once the weather leaves. No idea. There have been deaths on the island.
Still winds and rain. Major flooding. Not a dry place to lay.
Can you please give us an update on the weather? We are still experiencing winds and rain and have no clue as to where Dorian is or what's going on.
I hope we can get help soon.
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