Beaten and bruised - many residents of the Bahamas' Northern islands are being evacuated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol... leaving behind a hurricane-ravaged scene where officials say, at least 30 people have died.
But the death toll from Hurricane Dorian - the most damaging storm ever to hit the island nation - is expected to rise.
Officials say thousands of people are still missing - many of them children.
Richard Johnson fears for his six-year-old brother Adrian, went missing in the storm.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) RICHARD JOHNSON, SAYING: "I guess within the split seconds, the gusts of the wind blew the little boy off the roof, into water….Given the circumstances, I'm not that hopeful." And with tens of thousands of people in need of food, water and shelter… an international relief effort is underway.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, SAYING: "They don't have no food stuff, no where to buy it because the food store overflowed." Bahamians at the capital's ferry terminal say they're anxious to get supplies to Freeport -- where flooding and property damage is widespread.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, SAYING: "We lost the house, we lost everything.
But we're ok." As many as 13,000 homes across the Bahamas have been damaged or destroyed.
Preliminary estimates show that Hurricane Dorian's devastation could hit $7 billion.