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Aerial Footage From Bahamas Reveals Catastrophic Damage From Hurricane Dorian

Storms packing the power of Hurricane Dorian don't come along very often. In fact, Hurricane Dorian is the second-strongest Atlantic storm ever to make landfall, tied with Gilbert in 1988, Wilma in 2005, and the 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

Making things even worse, Hurricane Dorian stalled in the Bahamas, spending two days whipping the island of Grand Bahama, home to 50,000 people, with tornado-force winds and a storm surge upward of 20 feet.

When Hurricane Dorian finally moved on and the clouds cleared, pilots took to the air to survey the damage.

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Along for the ride on one trip over Marsh Harbour on Abaco Island was Terran Knowles of Our News Bahamas.

Abaco was the first island hit by Dorian, and so it was also the first to be surveyed. The scale of damage is staggering.

The damage extended as far as the eye could see.

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Shipping containers, vehicles, and boats litter the landscape, roofs and walls ripped off and scattered far and wide.

"Marsh Harbour has suffered, I would estimate, in excess of 60% damage to their homes," said Prime Minister Hubert Minis, according to Reuters. "The Mud, as we know, has been completely destroyed or decimated," he added, referring to a shantytown known as the Mud and the Peas.

But it's not just ramshackle dwellings that were affected; even newer homes built under more modern codes were destroyed by Dorian's relentless onslaught.

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"You can't tell that there are any homes there," Brandon Clement, who also flew over Abaco, told CNN. "It looks like a bunch of building materials were put in a big grinder and thrown on the ground."

Everyone who has flown over the affected areas has been taken aback at the scale of damage.

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"It's total devastation. It's decimated. Apocalyptic," Lia Head-Rigby told The Guardian following a flyover. "It's not rebuilding something that was there; we have to start again."

Visiting Man-O-War Cay in the Abaco Islands, CNN reporter Paula Newton said "There is nothing left. We're talking about damage to 90% to almost 100% of everything that is here."

So far, the human toll of Hurrican Dorian has been unclear.

The official death toll stands at seven, but with reports of bodies in the water or being loaded onto flatbed trucks and long lists of missing loved ones on social media, officials expect the toll to rise.

Check out more of Terran's footage below.