1. Various of houses that were damaged by Hurricane Dorian with piles of debris and fallen trees around them
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Phil Thomas,Sr., resident who lost family members and whose home was severely damaged by Hurricane Dorian: (Partially covered)
"Yeah, I lost my son and his whole family, besides his wife, three grandkids. It's one of those things. Heartbroken but still life goes in. Thank God for life. Like I say, I've got to keep moving, you know, picking up the pieces bit by bit. One day at a time."
3. Joyce Thomas (no relation to Phil Thomas, Sr.) next to the tent she is living in next to her family's severely damaged home
4. Thomas giving her dog some water from a bucket
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Joyce Thomas, resident who lost her home and family members: (Partially covered)
"My aunt came this morning (From Freeport) and she got me in the van. So we were able to make it up here and I thank God. I thank God that my brother is alive. He's well. I get to hold him again. You know I lose so much of my family members but I'm really thankful for my brother. That's my one and only, you know, so I had to come and make sure that he's okay."
Gold Rock Creek - 12 September 2019
7. Various of Trevon Laing on the roof of his family's home nailing a blue tarp to it as rain clouds are seen in the background
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Trevor Laing, resident who is working on his damaged home: (Partially covered)
"There was a rumor that started after the hurricane that I was dead. So, I had to rally up myself and to Freeport directly after the hurricane. It was a rumor started by a policeman and he said he came as far as Gold Rock Creek and he met two bodies and he told a cousin of mine and it got back to my mom and they hadn't heard from me because of lack of communication for the last five days after the hurricane and they were worried sick. So getting reunited with them after the hurricane was the biggest part of it for me. That really filled my heart with joy."
9. Various of a toy car next to debris from a totally destroyed house
10. A large pile of building material debris covering a van and a damaged home behind it
11. The wall of a building on its side and debris from the house and its furnishings around it
People in the northern Bahamas scan social media, peer under rubble, or try to follow the smell of death in an attempt to find family and friends - amid alarming reports that 1,300 people remain listed as missing nearly two weeks after Hurricane Dorian hit.
The government has cautioned that the list is preliminary and many could be staying in shelters and just haven't been able to connect with loved ones.
But fears are growing that many died when the Category 5 storm slammed into the archipelago's northern region with winds in excess of 185 mph and severe flooding that toppled concrete walls, cracked trees in half and ripped swings off playgrounds as Dorian battered the area for a day and a half.
"Heartbroken but still life goes on," Phil Thomas Sr. said as he leaned against the frame of his roofless home in the fishing village of McLean's Town and looked into the distance.
The boat captain has not seen his 30-year-old son, his two grandsons or his granddaughter since the storm.
They were all staying with his daughter-in-law, who was injured and taken to a hospital in the capital, Nassau, after the U.S. Coast Guard found her, but only her.
He's heard rumors that someone saw a boat belonging to his son, a marine pilot, though the vessel also hasn't been found.
The loss weighs on Thomas, who said he tries to stay busy cleaning up his home so he doesn't think about them.
Meanwhile, a cluster of heavy thunderstorms is heading toward the Bahamas and is expected to further drench the communities bashed by Dorian.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday that the system was expected to become a tropical storm within 36 hours and would hit parts of the northwestern Bahamas with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rains.
Others who were reported missing and presumed dead were found in part thanks to the determination of people like Joyce Thomas, who did not stop searching for her brother, Bennett.
She traveled from Nassau to Freeport in Grand Bahama and then drove out to McLean's Town, only to be forced to turn around because the street was still impassable.
She tried again the next day and managed to reach the neighborhood where they grew up. There, she found only the foundation of his home. Her fear grew as she walked through the neighborhood.
"You know I lose so much of my family members but I'm really thankful for my brother," she said having found him alive. "That's my one and only you know, so I had to come and make sure that he's okay."
Still, reunions, although few, are happening nearly two weeks after the storm made landfall Sept. 1.
The family of Trevon Laing had thought the 24-year-old man was dead after a police officer told them that two bodies had been found in the community of Gold Rock Creek, including that of a young man. His mother went into mourning for five days.
When his family visited the community to verify what they were told, Laing wasn't around, buttressing their fears that he was dead. When he returned, he said, he found his brother crying on the front porch.
"Getting reunited with them after the hurricane was the biggest part of it for me," he said "That really filled my heart with joy."