Paradise wiped out

Miles of debris from houses smashed apart by Hurricane Dorian stretched yesterday across the landscape of The Bahamas’ Great Abaco Island as the deadly storm left behind a paradise obliterated.

Dorian was still punishing northern parts of The Bahamas more than a day after landfall. The hurricane – now a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph – was crawling to the northwest, where it is expected to move along the east coast of Florida and to the Carolinas later in the week.

On Great Abaco, high winds remained but the rain had subsided as residents emerged to gasp at the incredible devastation. Huge piles of rubble were what remained of businesses and homes wrecked by the strongest storm to hit the islands, new aerial video shows.

It’s difficult to tell whether one scene shows a neighbourhood or an industrial centre. The ruin was immense; the area turned into what looked from above like a floating landfill.

Shipping containers were tossed among the rubble. Brandon Clement, who was in a helicopter, told CNN that even new homes constructed under more stringent building codes were destroyed.

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