HURRICANE WITNESS: 'St. John as a whole is pretty obliterated'

HURRICANE WITNESS: 'St. John as a whole is pretty obliterated'

ST. JOHN ISLAND (WBFF) - Jenna Fox and her family are lucky compared to other families affected by Hurricane Irma on St. John Island, a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fox recalls being trapped in her home, with her baby in her arms, waiting for hours for the storm to pass.

“It just sounds like a freight train the entire time it whistles and bangs and roars. It’s terrifying,” said Fox.

Pieces of their home just flew away.

“Where the deck should’ve been, we just saw sky. It was horrifying,” she said. “To hear the concrete snapping - I wasn’t sure the house was going to last. And I have a 7-month-old son.”

Neighbors just feet away were hit even worse, some losing their homes completely.

“The damage here is really bad. St. John as a whole is pretty obliterated," she noted.

But even while they are surrounded by devastation, the Fox family has no plans to leave the island.

“The response has been quick. There’s been a lot of support and relief coming in, so it gives you the feeling that everything is going to be okay,” she said.

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