Doorbell Camera Captures Moment Home Is Lifted Up By Hurricane Dorian
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Jason Sawyer watched on in horror - thankfully from afar - as a tornado spun out of Hurricane Dorian closed in on Emerald Isle, a town in North Carolina.
Sawyer and his wife had spent the weekend securing their property at the Boardwalk RV park ahead of the imminent catastrophic weather, before returning home to Raeford.
Sawyer told WRAL: "We spent about four days down there just visiting and enjoying the weekend and kind of tied things down on Sunday before we left.
"We weren't sure what we were going to come back to, but we sure didn't expect this."
After following reports online of damage to Emerald Isle, Sawyer remembered his Ring doorbell camera and decided to tune in to see what was happening.
He continued: "I called my wife upstairs, and we kind of looked at it together, and there wasn't much to say.
"We knew it was bad. We didn't realise how bad, but, you know, catching that sound of the tornado hitting us was pretty humbling. It really shakes you to the core."
Fortunately, Sawyer and his wife were safe elsewhere when the storm hit.
However, their property wasn't so lucky, and the two will now have to go through insurance before deciding whether or not to rebuild.
Sawyer added: "We've talked to some of the neighbours.
"There's some folks right across the street that have sustained very little to no damage. We're happy for them. It was very, very specific damage to some of the places."
Hurricane Dorian devastated the northern Bahamas between Sunday and Tuesday, before moving in towards the mainland of the United States.
On Thursday Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a 'staggering' final death count.
"The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering," Sands said.
"Make no bones about it, the numbers will be far higher."
He added: "It is going to be significantly higher than that. And it's just a matter of retrieving those bodies, making sure we understand how they died. It seems like we are splitting hairs, but not everyone who died, died in the storm."