DETROIT (FOX 2) - The wreckage left behind by Hurricane Dorian is something out of a nightmare.
Very little was left standing on Grand Abaco Island as the monster storm moved north toward the continental United States. Video, posted on YouTube attributed to Live Storms Media on Tuesday showed houses flattened, boats beached and the tropical landscape riddled with building materials.
The skies were still grey and the waves crashing on the shore appeared to be very active when the footage was shot.
The damage is expected to be much worse on Grand Bahama Island, where Hurricane Dorian parked itself over the weekend - much to the surprise of forecasters who expected the storm ot move north along the coast by Saturday. Instead it slowed to a crawl, battering the island with winds exceeding 200 mph.
"So we want to heed the warnings. We ask people to stay safe, remain vigilant. There will be some surge, some flooding," said a disaster official down in Florida. "You may see some wind damage, depending on how close this is getting to the state of Florida."
The Red Cross estimates more than 13,000 homes were destroyed on the mainland. As the storm has been downgraded to a category 2 storm, relief efforts are now underway to help those in need. With Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas now at the mercy of the hurricane, crews with the Michigan Region of the American Red Cross are watching carefully.
They've already sent 40 volunteers to help.
"We're gonna be talking about this a week from now still, because it's going to be that slow," said Mary Lynn Foster, the regional CEO of Michigan at the American Red Cross. "It touches our hearts. It touches our lives. It's what we do."
One Red Cross volunteer, Jeffry Bauer compared the hurricane to that of Hurricane Andrew.
"It was unbelievable, like a horror film," he said.
Nationally, the relief organization has sent more than 2,000 volunteers to five disaster locations. They're expected to help out about 750 people per day.
"It could be helping in a shelter. It could be helping distribute food. There are so many different positions and so many jobs to fill," said Foster.
But with that assistance comes the request for donations. Relief supplies like cots, blankets and more than 63,000 ready-to-eat meals. They also need more blood.
"There are many blood drives that are having to be canceled. We've already helped contribute towards sending blood to those impacted areas," said Foster.
The Red Cross expects that more than 60,000 people will need help.