Greenfield Park resident Kristin Dudley's mother and father were at their second home on Treasure Cay in a part of the Bahamas called the Abaco Islands when the storm struck as a Category 5 storm.
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"From what we understand, they don't have a lot of supplies because they weren't prepared to go up into that area of the house", said Kirstin.
MCO will close at 2 a.m. Tuesday.
"Catastrophic conditions" were reported in Abaco, with a storm surge of 5.5-7 metres (18 to 23 feet). One showed floodwaters rushing through the streets of an unidentified town at almost the height of a vehicle roof.
In some parts of Abaco, "you can not tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins", Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.
"Do not plan to shelter at PBI", the airport said via Twitter.
Silbert Mills, owner of the Bahamas Christian Network, said trees and power lines were torn down in Abaco.
Hurricane Dorian, shown here on September 1, 2019.
"We weren't really hearing anything", said Dudley. The same area was put under a storm surge watch.
Ken Graham, director of the hurricane centre, urged people not to bet on safety just because the forecast track had the storm a bit offshore.
Many airlines were waiving changing and cancellation fees to and from Florida and SC.