Sherman man survives Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - Hurricane Dorian struck miles away from Texoma, but for one Sherman man, it was close to home.

"A constant three days of hell is what it was, but we survived," Sherman resident Ken Kratch said.

Kratch said he was expecting a tropical vacation with his girlfriend when they headed to his brother's house at Treasure Cay, on the Bahamian island of Abaco at the end of August.

Kratch said they heard the storm coming would only be a category one or two in Treasure Cay, but that quickly changed.

"By the time it got closer to Treasure Cay it was getting to a three, then a four and we were just praying it would turn a little bit north," Kratch said.

As he heard the storm was getting bigger, Kratch said he closed the shutters on the house and prepared best he could, but it was no use.

Several doors ripped away, letting water and debris fly in.

"Then we could hear all the big windows started breaking and we dove into the bedroom and we had to hold those doors, water started coming in," Kratch said.

For three days Kratch and his girlfriend just tried to survive as the house buckled around them.

He said the condo they also rented for his daughter to stay in was nearly flattened, along with the entire town.

"It was just flat," Kratch said. "It's what you see on TV all the time, you know disaster zone, it was like a bomb hit it."

On Wednesday, they got to the evacuation center and spent the night there with no air conditioning or electricity.

Thursday they were flown to Ft. Lauderdale, then back home to Sherman by Friday.

"All I could think about was my family back here," Kratch said.