South Floridians anxiously waiting to hear from relatives in the Bahamas

Bahamian woman in Sunrise waits to hear from parents on Abaco Islands

By Jeff Weinsier - Investigative Reporter

SUNRISE, Fla. - As relief supplies begin finding their way into the Bahamas, there is a need for information to come back. 

Specifically, news about who survived dangerous Hurricane Dorian. 

Cassie Eugene is trying to concentrate while at work at the Bahamian Reef seafood restaurant in Sunrise. 

It's not easy, as she is waiting to hear from her parents, who live in the Bahamas. 

"I have not [heard from them yet]," Eugene said. "A family friend called and said everyone is alive, thank God."

She hasn't heard from either of her parents since Sunday, when Hurricane Dorian was slamming parts of the Bahamas with catastrophic winds and pounding rain. 

"I can't describe [what it feels like]," she said. "It's nerve-wracking. I'm still in shock."

Eugene grew up in the Abaco Islands, though the images starting to come from the devastated area are hard to recognize. 

"We called them before the storm and told them they should leave, and they went to a church," she said. "That church tumbled down on them so they had to go to a government shelter."

As she awaits word from her parents, Eugene says she is aware of people she knows who did not survive the storm. 

"I saw two pictures of people saying 'RIP' on Facebook [for people] I know," Eugene said. 

Elsewhere in South Florida, Lillian Naomi Gordon has been waiting more than two days to hear from her eldest daughter Monique, who is missing.

"I don’t know if my daughter [is] alive," she said. "I don't know what to say cause I don't know if she's alive."

Monique is a 47-year-old stroke victim who has limited mobility and lives along a canal in Freeport.

"If someone can go and find [her] and see if they can help her, because she cannot swim because she is disabled," said Lillian. 

The family hasn't spoken to Monique since Sunday. 

"You could hear the tremble in her voice," said Keisha Gordon, Monique's sister. "She was asking 'Is the eye of the storm here?'"

A cousin that lives in the area tried to get to Monique, but to no avail. 

"He went out on his boat and jet skis to try and rescue my sister but he said the winds were so strong that it wasn't allowing anyone in boats to go in that area," said Keisha. 

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