A Florida-based cruise line will send a ship to the Bahamas with hurricane supplies and bring evacuees back to the U.S. after Hurricane Dorian hit the nation, killing at least 23 people. 

The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will send its Grand Celebration vessel from the Port of Palm Beach on Thursday night with food, water, supplies, first responders, volunteers and Bahamians who have been stuck in Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. It is expected to return Friday. 


People from the Bahamas as well as volunteers and relief workers hoping to leave the islands can join the return trip for free if they have adequate documentation, according to the newspaper. 

The cruise line also accepted donations of building supplies, canned goods, water and other products before the ship was expected to depart. 

Dorian hit the Bahamas over the weekend, killing at least 23 people. Bahamian Minister of Health Duane Sands said Thursday the death count "could be staggering," according to The  New York Times.

Since then, it has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm and is headed toward the Carolinas.