Hurricane Dorian decimated parts of the Bahamas, leaving at least 20 dead and many others stranded in its wake. While there has been much devastation, stories of heroism, thoughtfulness, and generosity have also abounded. One such story involves 49-year-old Brent Lowe, who lived with his son in the Abaco Islands.
Lowe, who is blind, and his son, who has cerebral palsy, were at home last weekend when the hurricane hit and began blowing off his roof. Lowe knew that their best chance of survival was to leave as quickly as possible. “It was scary, so scary,” he told the New York Times.
Lowe picked up his son and carried him on his shoulders, using his hands to feel his way safely out of the house. As he walked, he leaned on neighbors for support as he made his way through high waters and wind gusts of up to 220 miles per hour.
“I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life,” he told the Times.
Lowe and his son, as well as some of their neighbors, eventually made it to a house where they got shelter until Monday. A boat finally rescued them and took them to a shelter, where they stayed until they were evacuated to Nassau on Tuesday.
Lowe and his son are now safe, but they are still searching for his older daughter who has not been seen or heard from since the storm began.
“Right before we had the wind, I spoke with her,” said Lowe. “I wish I could have been able to call and ask somebody, you know, because I really was worried about them. I was worried about everybody.”
Officials estimate that about 60% of the homes on Abaco Island have been destroyed and it is not clear when it will be safe for Lowe and his neighbors to return.
“I’m just wondering where we’re going to live when I get back home, what I’m going to do,” he told the Times.
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