1. Various of volunteers packing Dorian relief supplies
2 . SOUNDBITE (English) Helen Bhagwandin, volunteer:
"We're here to try to get some food and some supplies down to the islands. Down to the Bahama islands to those people who have been so devastated with this hurricane and that's why I'm here. To give, this is the least I can do."
3. People packing relief supplies
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Father Jonathan Archer, Christ Episcopal Church:
"These people in the Bahamas have lost everything. Some of them lost their homes, the basic essentials. They're in need of everything. But especially batteries, flashlights, battery-operated radios. Anything that they can use to help them."
Spared from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian, people in South Florida are donating water, food and household supplies in a relief effort spearheaded by descendants of some of Miami's earliest settlers from the Bahamas.
Floridians showed up in droves Tuesday to give cans of food, bottles of water and boxes of diapers to members of two historically black churches who were sorting them before they were to be flown to the devastated islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
Some of the volunteers were frantically trying to text cousins, uncles, aunts and nieces who braved the powerful storm in their island homes. Few had any luck Tuesday.
Practically parking over a portion of the Bahamas for a day and a half, Dorian pounded Abaco and Grand Bahama with winds up to 185 mph (295 kph) and torrential rain, ripping apart homes, trapping people in their attics, and killing at least seven people.
Government officials said Wednesday that they expect the death toll to rise.