Country singer Kenny Chesney said Tuesday that he was heartbroken after seeing the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. I've never been in war, but the devastation, the people's faces in a place I know by heart have left me feeling hopeless.
Chesney's home on the island of St. Thomas was destroyed when Hurricane Irma - a Category 5 storm at the time - hit St. John on Saturday (Sept. 9). Irma is just making landfall in Florida on Sunday morning, but the hurricane's power can be measured by the destruction it left after tearing through the Caribbean.
Chesney said the last storm to hit the Virgin Islands this hard was Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
"That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house", the Knoxville-born country singer told HLN's Robin Meade.
"These are people who live off the sea, who depend on it", the singer wrote.
He is also planning other relief to help the island's rebuilding efforts. It's given me a different way to look at the world, a different window to see the world through. "It is a lengthy undertaking, given the extent of devastation on the ground, but I'm hopeful that we'll soon gave a better picture of the situation, so that we can channel the fantastic goodwill we encounter in the most effective way".
Give us a few days to figure this out.
Just days after Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas, destroying and flooding everything in its path, the US had a new storm to worry about: Hurricane Irma.
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