Damaged Pier at Taino Beach in Freeport, Bahamas

Hurricane season in the Bahamas runs from June through November. Grand Bahama was pounded by two major storms in 2004: Hurricanes Francis (category 4) and Hurricane Jeanne (category 3). Most of the damage was repaired. Then Hurricane Matthew struck on October, 2016, less than a month before these photos were taken. This pier on Taino Beach is a small sample of the destruction caused by the sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. Yet the 47,000 people on this island are resilient. They are committed to rebuild and welcome tourists. Their motto is fitting: “Forward, Upward, Onward Together.”

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Jolly Roger Dr. & W Beach Rd, Freeport The Bahamas

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