Two Sisters Reunite With Their Lost Brother In The Wreckage Of Hurricane Dorian
As Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in the states after ravaging the Bahamas, a story of faith and redemption helps sheds light on a glimpse of positivity through the eye of the horrific storm.
On Friday Dorian made landfall off the coast of North Carolina as a Category 1 storm. Since Thursday thousands have lost power along the coastal regions of North and South Carolina, as the storm is expected to continue throughout the weekend. However, Friday’s landfall marks a huge departure from the Category 5 storm that left at least 30 people dead in the Bahamas.
One family fought for one another as the storm touched down in the Dorian-devastated island of Abaco, according to USA Today. Sandra Ferguson, 55, led an effort to help locate her brother, Dereck Bain, 46, who lived directly in the storm’s path. On she, along with her sister, Judy Rolle, 51, landed in the Bahamas intent on locating her brother along with his wife and three kids.
The two sisters lived 50 miles away from their brother, but had not visited the town until the search party. After losing contact with him via phone on Sunday, their worst fears slowly began creeping up.
Not fully knowing what they would encounter, the sisters canvassed the island, asking any and everyone they encountered if they knew their brother and his whereabouts, while also keeping the worst of what could have happened to them far from their mind’s grasp. Amid the damage and wreckage they silently hoped their lost sibling was not among one of the dead.
The storm had left a path of destruction with winds up to 185 mph over the course of the last week. But a miracle was on their side as they were able to locate him and his family alive and well.
“Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness, Dereck,” Ferguson said as she laid eyes on her lost brother. “You’re alive. You’re alive.”
The three tearfully embraced, as Bain told his sisters of the fear he held as the storm howled over his home, sparring his house, wife and children.
“You could hear it howling like a train,” he said. “The house was rumbling like a tornado, vibrating. If I told you I wasn’t scared, I’d be lying. But I couldn’t break down in front of my family.”
Bain, a local eatery owner told his siblings that his business was sparred, aside from a few beers which had been stolen during the spurts of looting the island experienced after the storm. With the storm behind them, the people of the Bahamas focus on recovery efforts, in desperate need of water and financial resources.
The experience has no doubt made the siblings’ bond tighter, a life changing moment caused by a horrific hurricane.
“They thought I was crazy. But I had to find Dereck. They said I would have no way to do it, but I knew God would help us,” Ferguson said. “Praise the Lord and the lady who brought us right to you.”