Authorities in the Bahamas expect death totals to soar. Cape Hatteras received the hurricane’s first US landfall

Shawn Curry, 37, has spent the past four days living in absolute panic, unsure whether his family on Little Abaco in the Bahamas had survived Hurricane Dorian.

That anxiety was alleviated Thursday when Curry finally heard from his brother Wilfred, who shared details of the destruction Dorian had inflicted on his community.

Wilfred Curry and his father were attempting to gather food and water from Marsh Harbour when their trip was thwarted by floodwaters that had destroyed the main bridge connecting their home in Cedar Harbour with Cooperstown on the greater island, Curry said. Dorian has decimated the northern Bahamas after lingering over the area for days. The death toll Friday morning was 30.

“I heard their voice and got clear indication they were alive. It was a feeling of tremendous relief,” Curry said in a phone call from Philadelphia where he lives. “It was almost like a weight had been lifted.”

Curry’s family was ultimately able to cross over to Cooperstown using a boat but that hasn’t stopped him from worrying about their access to supplies. Curry hopes to visit them next week.

Check out the video of the flooded bridge Wilfred Curry shared with his brother:

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