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Happy to live: Martin McCafferty survived Hurricane Dorian, although it was hit by the 190 mph storm

The relief of the British woman as she learns that her 60-year-old husband lives after he disappeared when the line fell dead during a telephone call when a 190-mph storm tore through their home in Bahamas.

  • Martin McCafferty is lucky to survive after his house has taken over the full storm
  • Wife Julieth prayed for three days and nights that he would be alive after Dorian
  • The death toll is expected to rise from 43 to the hundreds
  • Bodies were scattered along the coast and sharks swam among the corpses
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A British woman was overjoyed to hear that her husband is still alive after he was embroiled in the hurricane disaster that allegedly killed hundreds in the Bahamas.

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Julieth McCafferty had spoken with Martin on the phone when the line died when the 190-mph storm tore through their homes.

She prayed for three days and nights while Hurricane Dorian reduced the island of Grand Abaco to something more than matchwood.

Happy to live: Martin McCafferty survived Hurricane Dorian, although it was hit by the 190 mph storm

Happy to live: Martin McCafferty survived Hurricane Dorian, although it was hit by the 190 mph storm

Construction company manager Mr. McCafferty, 60, was in the couple's home on the coast because it took the full force of the storm.

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The Bahamian-born Julieth, who is in his fifties, was 90 miles away with relatives in Grand Bahama, who also suffered terrible damage when Dorian moved west.

Recalling what she feared was their last conversation, she said: & Martin called me in a panic on Sunday and told me that the shutters of the sliding doors had been blown away, then the doors themselves remained open. He then said that furniture in the room was being sucked out of the house, and then the telephone line rang.

& # 39; I was so scared. He was posted missing and I prayed he wasn't dead. I didn't sleep for three days and nights, I was so worried. & # 39;

Destruction: Hurricane Dorian has caused great damage and has been torn by countless homes in the wake of the Bahamas.

Destruction: Hurricane Dorian has caused great damage and has been torn by countless homes in the wake of the Bahamas.

Destruction: Hurricane Dorian has caused great damage and has been torn by countless homes in the wake of the Bahamas.

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When he realized that his house was no longer safe, the Scotland-born Mr. McCafferty's Staffie dog Jinky – named after former Celtic legend Jimmy Johnstone – grabbed a gallon of water and took care of the couple's Honda Civic, which was sheltered between two outbuildings.

& # 39; On Wednesday I received a call from a government official who was a friend of ours to tell me that Martin was absolutely safe. It was the best news I have ever heard, & Julieth said.

& # 39; He has been told that his name is on a list to fly to Nassau today, but I will not really relax until he is in my arms. & # 39;

Their home island was declared uninhabitable yesterday, with corpses scattered along the coast and reports of sharks swimming among the corpses.

The death toll – officially at 43 – is expected to rise in the hundreds.

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Thousands of people were waiting at the airport and in the harbor for flights and lifeboats yesterday.

Back in the UK, Mr McCafferty's sister-in-law went along with other family members to celebrate his happy escape.

& # 39; We all feared the worst, & # 39; Mrs. McCafferty [43] told The Mail on Sunday. & # 39; Although we hoped that he had been resourceful and hid somewhere, there was no doubt that Abaco was hit immediately. & # 39;

Foreign offices and DFID teams have been sent to the area, where several hundred British are reportedly hit by the storm.

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