Hurricanes aren’t typically fast moving beasts, and Irma is practically crawling across the Keys. The islands in its wake are offering a good idea of what’s coming for the mainland, and some of the stories are impressive. Country star Kenny Chesney has a house in the islands, and the singer says it is all but gone.
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Chesney’s vacation home is on the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. After the storm passed, he talked with HLN’s Robin Meade about the devastation.
20 people and 10 dogs sought refuge in the storm. It is built from stone and concrete.
“My house was, we thought, a very safe place for everyone because it was built with stone, concrete and bricks in an area of the island where we didn’t feel like we were going to get a direct wind. So I felt like if they went downstairs it would be a very safe place,” he said.
“I had 200 mph wind-tested windows throughout my house, and every window in the house just blew out, so these people were really scared,” he said. “They found more shelter in a big closet and were in that closet for a long time, and they made it. Luckily, a lot of people made it.”
“That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house,” Chesney added.
“The people is what I’ve been thinking about the most because those people helped change me as a human being. I’ve got some of the best friends in my life down there…that knew me before I got famous, that knew me before my life changed. That’s why my heart goes out to these people.”
Chesney is now working on plans for recovery. He’s organizing a fundraiser and using his own resources to bring food and water to the island.
“I’m gonna do everything I can to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years,” he said.
Donations to Chesney’s Love for Love City hurricane relief fund, can be made here.