FREEPORT, Bahamas — A team of WPTV reporters are surveying the damage and intense need for help on Grand Bahama Friday after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island earlier this week.
The Grand Celebration cruise ship pulled into the dock on Grand Bahama Friday morning. On board were hundreds of volunteers, including about a dozen West Palm Beach firefighters. There were also pallets of supplies for the island which Hurricane Dorian battered for more than 36 hours.
Also on board, dozens of Bahamians waiting to see what, if anything, is left of their homes and businesses.
Once off the ship, our team of WPTV reporters was able to tour the damage left behind at Grand Bahama International Airport.
Among the wreckage were buildings torn apart and planes and vehicles scattered across runways and grassy areas. Debris littered the airport grounds, almost giving it an apocalyptic feel.
This is the Grand Bahama International Airport. Planes were blown off the tarmac, and buildings were destroyed. These are some of the first planes able to land since Dorian bringing doctors and nurses and medical supplies. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/VEDdwoPydg— Ryan Hughes (@HughesWPTV) September 6, 2019
Outside the gates at the Port of Freeport, 1,500 people waited to get on board the Grand Celebration to head to West Palm Beach. Some were triaged by doctors and nurses from the Palm Beach County Medical Society who volunteered for the relief effort.
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Hurricane Dorian is blamed for at least 30 deaths in the Bahamas.
The Grand Celebration is docked in Freeport after leaving late last night from the Port of Palm Beach.
The ship is scheduled to return to the Port of Palm Beach on Saturday.
We are docked in Freeport after leaving late last night from the @PortofPalmBeach. You can see a line of Bahamians waiting at the port anxious to see their loved ones, and others are waiting to get on board to seek refuge in South Florida. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/3r32Nxof9Z— Ryan Hughes (@HughesWPTV) September 6, 2019
We are told there are 1,500 people waiting to get on the ship and back to the states. Doctors from Palm Beach Co are standing by to get into hospitals and shelters to help those injured. They have brought supplies knowing the need is urgent right now. @WPTV pic.twitter.com/KjGANQ0usp— Ryan Hughes (@HughesWPTV) September 6, 2019