As the eastern regions of North and Central America deal with the aftermath left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, a Thompson resident with a personal connection to one of the affected areas shares his experience.
Barry Bostwick, a student at our local UCN campus, had his family who were on the Abaco Islands in The Bahamas, live through the Category Five hurricane that passed through the archipelago nation earlier this month.
Here, Bostwick explains what it was like to receive a call from his mother, after the hurricane passed though the island.
"The storm made land last Sunday (September 1st) at around lunch time, and I didn't hear from my parents until the following Monday. My mom was able to go to one of the makeshift shelters, and they had a WiFi hotspot. She called using my aunt's phone, and she said 'Hey, we're alive, we made it through the storm, but everything's gone'."
Bostwick and his wife Rebecca have set up a GoFundMe page to help their family, with $1,800 donated to the page having been used on tickets to get the Bostwicks off the island.
If you would like to donate to the cause, you can visit the Bostwicks' GoFundMe page.