ABACO, Bahamas (AP) - Thousands of desperate hurricane survivors in the Bahamas are seeking help in Dorian's aftermath.

One 89-year-old woman and her caretaker waited five days for assistance after the storm blew out their windows and flooded the home with sewage. The storm's devastation came into sharper focus Wednesday as the death toll climbed to 20 and many people emerged from shelters to check on their homes. They confronted a debris-strewn landscape across Abaco and Grand Bahama islands.

The Bahamian government sent hundreds of police and marines into the stricken islands, along with doctors, nurses and other health care workers. The U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and relief organizations including the United Nations and the Red Cross also joined the burgeoning effort.

Dorian is now headed up the Southeastern U.S. coast.

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