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As Dorian pounds Bahamas, family watches nervously from Rochester

September 02, 2019 05:07 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)- Hurricane Dorian continues to make its way closer to the United States, leaving destruction along its path. The storm is currently plowing through the Bahamas, where there are already reports of deaths. 

Jamal Roker owns Taste of Bahamas on Lake Avenue. Roker's family lives on the island, mostly in Freeport and Nassau. Hurricane Dorian is currently bringing winds up to 180 miles per hour and gusts up to 220 miles per hour. 

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"It makes me real sad, because my father was just here about a month ago," Roker says.

Roker's father Harold Duncombe has boarded up his ranch style home in Freeport. The eye of the storm is headed his way. Communication is impossible as wind and rain knock out power and phone towers.

Duncombe spoke to News10NBC before the outage.

"We keep in touch with all the family throughout the island, we have a buddy system," Duncombe said.

"We call and check on everyone to make sure they're okay."

Bahamians haven't seen a storm like this since 1992. There are already reports of fatalities, and officials say this slow moving storm hasd already destroyed 13,000 homes. On some parts of the island, the storm surge is 23 feet above normal.

"When that happens all of the stuff from outside what lives in the sea- sharks and all that stuff- comes inland, so you have to deal with that too," Roker says.

As Roker watches anxiously from 1,000 miles away, however, he continues to have faith.

"[We're] Just going to keep praying just gotta keep prayer up and stay strong," Roker says.

"Hopefully everything works out for the best."

The Red Cross in the Bahamas has relief supplies like tarps, radios and battery operated cellphone chargers on the island.

Local Red Cross volunteers, meanwhile are heading to Florida and South Carolina to help as Dorian is expected to affect the southeast coast later this week.

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Kaci Jones

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