RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Families in Central Virginia are desperate to reach their loved ones who stood in the path of Hurricane Irma.
The storm has already killed more than 20 people in the Caribbean.
St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was ravaged by the hurricane.
Richmond resident Jennifer D’avignon is devastated over the destruction in a place she used to call home for 30 years.
“Places I shopped are gone, places I grew up are gone, there’s really not anything left in St. John,” she said.
Her parents and 20-year-old son are still on the island. They chose to ride the storm out.
D’avignon struggled going to bed each night without hearing from her family for three days.
“Kind of say your goodbyes and it’s almost a little bit terrifying,” she said.
She networked with others in Richmond who have family members stranded on the island.
They are in the process of providing relief for hurricane victims.
D’avignon said the best way to help out is by donating money or asking anyone currently in St. John what essentials they need most.