Wednesday 12:10 p.m.

The winds are really picking up. They’re also starting to swirl. We’ve been able to go outside most of the day due to the wind direction. We are now all inside hunkered down.

We hear the storm has shifted and that St. John will now get a direct hit. We can see that trees have already fallen, and the roof has come off one of our favorite restaurants.

I will continue to update as long as I can. To be honest, I am stunned that I still have internet.

This island will likely see mass destruction. That is difficult to write, but it is real. But we will rebuild. We will come back. We will be strong. We will show you the best of humanity.

So what do we need from you? We need to you to come back. We need your love. We need your support. We need you now more than ever.

As I have said several times, thank you. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for loving this website. And most importantly, thank you for loving St. John.

246 comments for “Wednesday 12:10 p.m.

  1. Shane
    September 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Just stay safe. We’ll see you in June. I’ll buy the first painkiller at the Beach Bar.

    • Tammie Ellington
      September 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Not if we beat ya to it! ❤️ I’m ready to go back. Maybe help clean up?

    • Tammy Navigato
      September 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Thoughts and Prayers to all in STJOHN. We will return. This is our Happy Place. Please post how we can help from Chicago!
      Tammy and Tony Navigato

    • Kevin
      September 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      We will be back. First came 25 yrs ago, love St. John’s and the people! Prayers from Charlottesville VA, keep strong.

    • Joe, Jeff, Trish & Laur
      September 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      We have been coming to St John every year for the past 7 years. We have met some most of the most amazing people on the island. Many incredible musicians. We are hopeful to visit in May. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

      -Your Vermont Friends

      • Gloria Rennock
        September 12, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        My name is Gloria Rennock, I have friends who live on the island of St. John for the past 20 years. They live at 12113 Estate Hansen Bay, St. John. I can not get in touch with her. Her name is Jean Cottrell and her husband Steven Cottrell.

        The are in their late 60s and i am sure that they stayed in their home. How can I find out information about people. I have been trying for days with no luck. If you know anything that would assist me, please help me if you can.

        Thank you!
        Gloria Rennock

  2. Amy Cumberland
    September 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Prayers your way – I’ve been watching the internet teary eyed all morning. Love from Indiana…. Stay safe Jenn!

    • Bea
      September 6, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      I can’t keep my eyes off of the Internet and the weather station My favorite playground is getting pounded makes me sick My brother lives in Florida looks like he will be evacuating and headed north I too am sending heartfelt prayers and hugs to all of you ❤️ Bea from Crawfordsville Ind

  3. Tiffany Carter
    September 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    So scary!! Praying for y’all! We will come back to my most favorite place on earth! What restaurant?

  4. Julianne Kos
    September 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for keeping us posted. Be safe and we are sending positive thoughts and love your way!

  5. Tongia
    September 6, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Prayer for you, the island and all the people there…thank you for keeping us updated! Stay safe!

  6. Kevin Kent
    September 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Be safe, our hearts are heavy having to watch and read all these reports! Prayers coming from all over!

  7. Russ
    September 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Looks like eye wall may stay a bit north near VG. Stay safe!!

  8. John & Cindy
    September 6, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    look so forward to meeting you on our next visit come spring. Best of luck Jenn stay safe.

  9. Ellyn DePasquale
    September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Please stay indoors at this point. Flying Debris etc. can be very dangerous. Hopefully in a few more hours you are done with this!!

    What restaurant roof came off?

    I am booked for May and I hope to meet you when I book an Island Tour

  10. Ashley Kleisinger
    September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    We have a 6 day stay booked in october… we are coming regardless of what happens and are happy to change it from beachside relaxing to rolling up our sleeves and helping u all rebuild. We are staying with friends who live in lower Pastory. They happen to be home in Cincinnati right now visiting family and are so torn over all of this. All our love from Northern Ky/Cincinnati!!!

  11. Barbara
    September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    To everyone on STJ Please stay safe. We all are praying for your safety first and foremost ! We love this island and the people that live there ….

  12. Bernadette
    September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Praying for you and all those in the path of Irma. Stay safe. Wish we could do more for you in the immediate but we won’t abandon Saint John in the aftermath. Our visits have done more for us than anyone has a right to gain from a vacation. We don’t forget what we owe to all of you on the island for keeping it the transformative place that it is.

  13. Irene
    September 6, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    When we get there again in November we will have to meet you!! Stay safe!

  14. Barbara
    September 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    We will always come back!!!!

  15. Philip Yachmetz
    September 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Stay Safe Jenn!! Prayers continuing and we WILL be back!! Stronger and better than ever!

  16. Amanda
    September 6, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Praying for all our island friends. Stay safe. We will be back and St. John will rebuild.

  17. James
    September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Stay safe. Love St John. We will be back no matter what.

    Jim
    Ridgefield, CT

  18. Matt
    September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I believe this Nest Cam’s live feed is from St John. Not sure if it Cimmanon Bay or another one.
    https://video.nest.com/embedded/live/uIA8Yuxk18

  19. Kathy
    September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    My stomach is up in my throat….keeping our beloved St. John in our prayers. We love you!!! Kathy and Scott Harren

  20. Gray Theriault
    September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Please be as safe as you can. Many thoughts and prayers for all those effected by this storm looking forward to my next visit Be safe.

  21. September 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Prayers for all of St. John. We love you. Thinking of you from Biloxi MS

  22. Lynn
    September 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Please be safe! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our Island.

  23. Patricia Caldwell
    September 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I have been coming to the island for at least 20 years…Irma will not keep me away! My heart is with all of you…be safe.

  24. Mike
    September 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you for keeping us informed. Please stay safe and we will see you next year!! St John has given so much and we will give back all we can! Stay safe! Praying for you all!

  25. judy schreffler
    September 6, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Ever since my family booked a villa rental for two weeks next Feb I have been following this wonderful site, along with TripAdvisor forum. So I’m getting familiar with events, things to do, etc, and am very excited. Now this! We are all praying hard for your safety, and will donate as soon as the posting goes up.

  26. Michelle
    September 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Praying praying. Stay safe. We will be back.

  27. Tina
    September 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Please stay safe. All of St. John will be in my thoughts. My family will always come back to that lovely place.

  28. Amy Harris
    September 6, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Thoughts and prayers. Stay safe. We are already booked to be there in June. Wish it were sooner

  29. Dave
    September 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Hang in there and stay positive. You will make it through and St. John will survive and thrive again. My husband and I come to St. John every winter for a precious week and this February will be no exception. Thinking of all my favorite spots and people and praying for you all.

  30. Cyndi
    September 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Sending so much prayers & love to St. John. It is my favorite place on earth and I am so sad to hear this, my heart is breaking for you all. I am looking forward to my return to the island within the next year and I am sure you will be better than ever.

    Stay strong St. John & be safe <3

  31. Mike Riggs
    September 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    We know you will be back and stronger than ever. St. Johns is our favorite and we keep returning as we will in June
    Stay Strong Texas is with you.
    God Bless and Stay Safe

  32. Karen
    September 6, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Please stay safe. We will always return. Continuous prayers are being sent up for you.

  33. Jane Kelly
    September 6, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    My husband & I have been coming down for a long time – we can only get there about every five years and we were just there two years ago – as it stands now we will make it most likely for our 60th birthdays in a few years – so that’s our plan – you can bet we will be back and support our favorite places on the island – we love St John – love to take a day trip to Jost as well – so we are praying for you all and keeping you in our prayers! Wish we could do more! Promise to keep tabs on everyone & the businesses and do what we can to support everyone – doing some Christmas shopping online too! God bless!

  34. Dave
    September 6, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    God Bless everyone. Hang tight! Mare Blue Villa Webcam is still live. Very ugly! https://www.marebluvilla.com/stjohn-webcam.asp

  35. JojoMed
    September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Sending prayers and love to everyone on St John. Stay safe!

  36. Kathy D
    September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    You can count on us to come back! Please let us know how we can help. Giving funds directly is preferable than giving to large charitable organizations.

  37. Shawn
    September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Sending love! ❤️

  38. Kevin
    September 6, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Looks like the nest cam live feed just died….

    • Lisa
      September 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Whoa, it’s back … for now! Stay strong STJ!!! We love you!!!!!

  39. Kelly Arko
    September 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Been glued to the radar all day. The eye finally started shifting north, but that might not save you from the brunt of the southern eye wall even if it shifts enough for you to not get a direct hit. Virgin Gorda is in the eye, and Tortola is getting the wall right now.

    Will be following and thinking of you all day. Thanks for keeping us posted with your updates. We will be back no matter what!

  40. rkirsten3@gmail.com
    September 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Prayers to St. John! This makes me so sad – my whole family loves the island. My brother had his rehearsal dinner at the beach bar and I brought my boyfriend back last year. We will be back no matter what! Stay safe!

  41. Laura Bentley
    September 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    My heart hurts for St John. It is My happy place and so many others as well. Our love and prayers are with everyone still on island and for the island animals as well. We know that St John is strong, we all can help make it the place we love and dream about again. God bless! Sending Hugs and Prayers!

  42. Shaina
    September 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    continued prayers for all of you!

  43. Tanya
    September 6, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    We love you St. John! I will try come to help this fall if needed, if not we will be back for our 8th (or 9th?) visit soon! As noted above, we all owe you so much for helping to make St. John the special place that it is! Be safe, be strong, we are with you in spirit!

  44. Jeremiah Blaze
    September 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Will be there in one month to the day.. will spend the time doing what I have to in order to help out.. you are not alone. Stay safe

  45. Jason Smith
    September 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    We will be back and we will continue to love and support our home away from home St John. Thank you for the updates. Stay safe!!

  46. Lee Paoli
    September 6, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Blessed to have Called home for 11 years and as land owners we are praying for our Westin St John family and our friends on St John and St Thomas as well as all the islands.

  47. Carol Fielhaber
    September 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    My heart is there with you all. Please stay safe. Buildings can be rebuilt. The sun will shine again and we will be back as soon as we can. Love You All, Love St. John.

  48. Ashley
    September 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    My heart is hurting right now! STJ and all of our friends there have been and will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will be there in November regardless and will certainly be willing to do our part however we can. For now, we send love and hugs!

  49. Melissa Brown
    September 6, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I am sending prayers and so much love to my favorite little island. My husband and I visited on our honeymoon in May of this year and fell head over heels for your beautiful little island, your stunning beaches, mouth watering food, and most importantly your amazing community. We will be back! And we will help in anyway that we can to help your community rebuild and become stronger than ever. May I ask what restaurant? LOTS OF LOVE from San Francisco.

  50. Kat
    September 6, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    God Bless everyone and the beautiful island stay strong we are with you

  51. CR
    September 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Virgin Gorda looks to be in the eye according to satellite image at 12:38pm. Tortola taking a massive hit now. STJ looks to be south of eye wall.Next several hours look to be particularly rough. Hang tough!

  52. Kathy
    September 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    My heart is breaking but my prayers are with you and everyone still on the island. God is with you and He will get you through this.

  53. Wendi Hale
    September 6, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Many prayers from your Texas friends! We will be back, St. John is our home away from home. So many friends that have become our second family ❤️

  54. Olga
    September 6, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    So sickened over this. My whole family loves St John so much – it’s my kids’ favorite place in the world, they never want to go anywhere else. Our love is with you, and we will be back no matter what! Wearing my St John-shaped pendant all this week and thinking of your safety. Thank you so much for your updates.

  55. Barb Riley
    September 6, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Jenn, I’m addicted to my Facebook page for the last couple of days, just to get your updates. I feel like I know you, but can’t wait to try and meet you when we come down in Feb. St. John feels like home for the last 10 years when we vacation on this beautiful Island. No where else I’d rather be. Thinking of all of you and sending lots of prayers for your safety. I tear up just thinking of what you are all going through. Love you all and praying for the best. Lots of love sent❤️ Barb from Wisconsin.

  56. Greta
    September 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Sending prayers and love from Montana…we have made so many wonderful friendships…see you soon!

  57. Laura V.
    September 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    It is amazing to read that there are so many people who feel as I do about St. John. The island and its residents hold such a special place in my heart. I have visited 7 times over the last 4 years. Each time I arrive, I feel like I am “home”. My husband and I will be back…maybe with a hammer in hand. Please stay safe and know that we are keeping you and your St. John family close in mind and heart. Can’t wait until we hear the storm has passed.

  58. Kevin
    September 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    MARE BLU VILLA webcam now probably offline, no updates in 10 minutes, after consistently refreshing all morning.

  59. Tim
    September 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Love and prayers from NJ. We have travel plans as well for November and most definitely will still come and help rebuild. Be safe!!

  60. Mark
    September 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    We are thinking of all of you on St. John, watching every update from Minnesota. Stay safe. We will be mobilizing whatever help we can when the wind settles. Lots of people here loving on St. John today.

  61. CP
    September 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Looks like the eye will go over St.John. Once that happens the worst winds and rain will be behind you. Hang in there!

  62. Norma Smith
    September 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Beautiful people, beautiful island…stay safe…see you next July…love and prayers from New Jersey..!

  63. Pat
    September 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Hang in there! Praying for everyone’s safety from the devastation of Irma. St John is my happy place and we go almost every year. Love the place and the people. Be safe!!!!

  64. Jaime Rice
    September 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Praying and thinking of you all there from the Seattle area. Please stay safe. Thank you for the updates during this difficult time. Hugs to you all. Let us know how we can help when it’s time.

  65. Robyn
    September 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    We’ll be there in May….bringing friends with us! Praying for everyone!

  66. Minnesota Mike
    September 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Watching every web cam from up here in MN and keeping in touch with friends that live on STT. God bless you all. So many people are rooting for you and the Islands. We will always come back, no matter what.

    • L Levy
      September 6, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Anyone have address for any webcams that are still live?

      • Minnesota Mike
        September 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm

        I haven’t been able to connect to any recently.

        • Ann
          September 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

          No, I haven’t had any luck either phone, internet or what’s app. Sending our love and prayers!
          we will be coming back as soon as we can!

  67. Carolyn France
    September 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    My husband and I visited St. John for the first time this April. We fell in love with the island and purchased a second week at the Westin resort. Everyone was friendly, outgoing and clearly loved living life on the island. We are keeping you and your friends, family and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers. Can’t wait to see everyone on the island again soon!

  68. Lo
    September 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Praying!!! My husband and I have long planned our 10 year anniversary there next year.. never once have I thought about changing plans!!! Will be there in a heartbeat to support the rebuilding of such a beautiful place! Stay safe. Hugs from stateside!

  69. Tim
    September 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Soggy Dollar webcam is still up as of 12:55pm Wed. There is hope!

    • John
      September 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Nope, it’s been on a loop as of 8:53 this morning. It only looks like it’s still live.

    • September 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      No Soggy has been off a while. Look at the date and time stamp. It just refreshes the last few minutes of video.

  70. Ed
    September 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Just stay safe and about the storm surge. Nothing else matters – everything else can be rebuilt and it will! Prayers and love to you all.

    • Ed
      September 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Meant “above” the storm surge.

  71. Beth Wilson
    September 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Love for Love City will never stop! Please know that my partner Becky and I WILL be back–next May. Stay strong and stay safe!!!!

    The Bs in Dallas, TX

  72. Tracy Bottomley
    September 6, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    My heart is hurting for St John & it’s residents. I have many friends on the island after vacationing at Gallows Point for 20 years. I’m praying for everyone’s safety ❤

  73. Regina
    September 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Stay safe my island friends, See you in December.

  74. Melissa Lusby
    September 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Love you all. I will come help after the storm.

  75. Jane
    September 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I spoke to many of my friends yesterday to give my love, prayers to get through this. To those I didn’t or may not personally know, believe I am sending all good thoughts and karma. We in Florida are doing our preparations now. May you all be safe.

  76. Pam
    September 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Have you all in my prayers. Was just there in Feb

  77. Ray Avitable
    September 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    We hope you are safe. You asked us to come back and we already have plans to. Please let us what you need. We have already contact the Animal Care Center to offer help too.

  78. Jessi
    September 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I’m glued to the TV watching as the eye moves over…thoughts are with all of you, we love you and will be back to visit soon!! We will all rebuild together!

  79. Robin
    September 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    We love STJ since our first trip on our honeymoon 26 years ago. We now bring our kids and they love it too! We have a trip booked and if we can’t come that week, we will come another!

  80. Heidi
    September 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    We’ll be the first to buy drinks when we come down. It may be sooner than we think…hold fast Jenn, there are a lot of people out here holding all of you in our thoughts.

  81. marcia
    September 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Prayers for all those on Island…. Be safe! See you in December

  82. Janet
    September 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    My favorite place! I have been glued to my computer, and praying everyone will be safe.
    Plan to return in July, 2018.
    Keep the faith!

  83. Anne & Joe Leskie
    September 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Our hearts are with you and all the people of St. John. Praying that all will be safe from the storm. Sending positive energy.

  84. Charles Family
    September 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    St. John means so much to me and my family — we will return. Prayers to all, stay safe!

  85. Carolyn
    September 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, please everyone stay safe. We love St.john and plan to return for 2weeks in February as normal. We understand this hurricane will change quite a bit on the island. Stay safe and know that we will continue to support you as best we can. Lots of positive thoughts and prayers for everyone, for all the historic sites, the beautiful bays, the villas and homes, the animals that roam freely. Peace to all.

  86. Natalie Mitchell
    September 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    We will be back as soon as they let us in!!!! 14 years of living this island and many more to come! Keeping you all in our prayers, thank you for the updates. Stay safe!

    • Natalie
      September 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Loving not living (I wish)

  87. Cat Shteynberg
    September 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for the updates–my eyes are glued here and to stormcarib.com as well as the western wall passing over you all right now. Please do share the places on FB where people will post if they’re safe–we have lots of loved ones in Coral Bay we want to hear from. This is the page I’ve seen so far: https://www.facebook.com/CoralBayHurricaneIrma/?ref=gs&fref=gs&hc_location=group

  88. NancieM
    September 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve been wondering how the critters at ACC are doing. Did they all get a foster home to ride out the storm or are they still at the kennel? Either way, I hope they’re all doing ok. I too have been watching the webcams but so many are sporadic at best. Sending prayers to all the folks on islsnd. You will NOT be abandoned. So many are ready and willing to help. Love you all!♡

  89. Valerie
    September 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    St. John and its people are strong and wonderful- as is our favorite island. Praying that buildings hold and everyone is safe.

    • Valerie
      September 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      And Jen, we really appreciate all of the island updates you post, but especially the most recent ones as we worry about you and all of your fellow islanders.

  90. Jackie
    September 6, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Still praying for your safety and the safety of all who call this beautiful place home. Holding you in my heart! ❤️

  91. Rhettt
    September 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much for updating. Again all of our prayers with you guys.

  92. Charla
    September 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Watching all morning with tears in my eyes. Prayers are going up from Seattle – we will help and be back. My little son is praying right now for the animals and all of the people on St. John. Sending our love. Holding you in our heart.

  93. John
    September 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    It wobbled due west after St. Martin and headed right at St. John for a few hours, but then wobbled NW for the past three hours or so. Right between The Settlement and Tortola now. Went right over Virgin Gorda. A shift of 10-15 miles can make a big difference, hopefully that is the case for St. John and the damage will not prove to be completely devastating as it was in St. Martin, St. Barth, Anguilla, and likely BVI. Lots of folks are going to need lots of help!

    • doc
      September 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      All of the St. John webcams seem to be down or showing old loops. The only one I can still see is actually from St. Croix. http://www.gotostcroix.com/live/

      If it is still a live loop then John’s update on the NW shift would be right. Because it not as dark anymore in St. Croix.

      I love you St. John’s. LOVECITY IS STRONG

  94. Rebecca Brown
    September 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you for the updates! Please post updates on how any of us can help! Stay Safe

  95. September 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    found a webcame on ‘earthcam.com’ from Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove. Its still running at present, but you can’t make out anything useful. You can scroll down to screen shots over the past hour or two and see what it used to look like.
    https://www.earthcam.com/world/virginislands/stthomas/?cam=stthomas

  96. Trish
    September 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Much love and prayers from Nebraska!
    St. John – you all have a huge part of my heart, as well as my family’s.
    We will see you all next June.

  97. Robb Hamilton
    September 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    We’re returning for the second time this year during the third week of October. We’re already wondering how we can help while we’re there. I would love to see info relating to helping with the cleanup/rebuild once it’s available!

  98. AJ
    September 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of the island’s residents, 2 and 4 legged 😉 Hang in there, be safe and know that we are all here waiting for you all to come out on the other side with your health!!!

  99. Mike
    September 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    “Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and ordered Federal assistance to supplement the response efforts of the territory due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Irma beginning on September 5, 2017, and continuing.”

    • ROBERT
      September 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Jenn,

      been following this thing all day, just saw an update on the face book post. Glad you guys are all ok.

  100. David Pritchard
    September 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Best wishes from the mainland to all who know STJ as their home and place of work. My wife’s family has been traveling to the island for well over 30 years and I am fortunate to have been welcomed into their relationship with it. We are thinking about you all and commit to helping the island recover and thrive. We wish you all health and safety through this remarkable storm.

  101. Laura Franks
    September 6, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    We love you Jen and love all those people and animals on that beautiful island- we’ll be back and it WILL be better than ever!

  102. Joyce Chartier
    September 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Prayers and well wishes.

  103. Mike
    September 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    From the Government House – US Virgin Islands

    Residents are urged to shelter in place, which is to seek the most secure spot in your home and remain there. Emergency responders have been directed to seek shelter.

    The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority have shut off power in the St. Thomas/ St. John District for safety.
    Nevertheless, all residents are advised to avoid fallen power lines, loose debris, flooded areas and seek inside shelter inside strong buildings. Curfew is still in effect until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017 unless modified.

    FEMA and other federal agencies are providing assistance at every level of emergency response.

  104. Margy Taylor
    September 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Be safe! Sending tons of love and prayers! We have been vacationing on STJ for over 30 years. You could not keep us away if you tried!❤️

  105. Debby
    September 6, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Sending prayers have family on the island be safe!!!!

  106. Vicki
    September 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you so much for the updates. I am feeling so sad and helpless, all I can offer now are prayers. But come the end of October (God willing) I will be there doing whatever I can!

  107. NancyTakacs
    September 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Thinking about everyone on St John, we will keep returning no matter what. Stay safe ❤️️❤️️

  108. Silke Harkin
    September 6, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Praying that all life is spared and everyone will be ok….material things are rebuildable

  109. Jen
    September 6, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Stay safe! Prayers with you and everyone on the island.

  110. Eli
    September 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Please stay safe and keep the updates coming. We are a Fish Bay family but are off island now. All of us thinking about our island family and generally freaking the f out. Sending much love.

  111. Eric
    September 6, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    From Minnesota our thoughts and prayers are for St John and everyone there during this incredible storm. We are closely following the news and hope for the best! We will be back, no matter what! Take care- Be safe.

  112. Barbara Hagin
    September 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thinking of you and St. John. Sending prayers and thoughts. I’ll be there in December, and plan to spend a lot of money to help rebuild. Hugs from San Francisco…

    • Diana
      September 6, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      We will be there then too with money to spend and some strong guys to pitch in with whatever needs to be done!

  113. Patricia schachner
    September 6, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Sitting in CT with anxious concerns for all on St. John, especially my son who lives there. Stay hunkered down and keep safe everyone. Many heartfelt thoughts are sent to you.

  114. Rich&Ana
    September 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    STJ and everyone there is in our thoughts, prayers, and dreams. We’ll see you in January and sooner if needed. Thank you for keeping us posted on the place we love.

  115. Kathie
    September 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Tears! I think I was in denial! My heart is breaking . Praying for all of you on island, please stay safe! We would never not come back to St. John, it is and always will be our “second home” not exactly sure when, but soon xoxo

  116. Tammie Ellington
    September 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Praying for your safety ❤️ Be back to visit soon hugs!

  117. Susan Jacobs
    September 6, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Praying for STJ and all her inhabitants. My heart is breaking thinking of the destruction. Will be looking for ways to help when the storm is over.

  118. Kathy
    September 6, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    St. John and everyone there is in our thoughts, prayers, and dreams. Thank you for keeping us posted on the place we love. Making plans now for our next trip back to paradise. Stay safe.

  119. TJ
    September 6, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Prayers for your Safety, your Properties, for Resources to ReBuild and Renew, and Resilience – We will be there with you in thought & prayers until we can be there in person.

  120. Vickie Aftel
    September 6, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    We have been lovers of St John and its people for 30 years and own a house in Coral Bay. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Just like after Marilyn St John will survive and come back. Take care everyone

  121. Bruce & Nanci Weissgold
    September 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    STJ and all the islands of the northern Carib are in our thoughts. Our very best vibes are going out to everyone hunkered down. Stay safe!

  122. Dale Jaster
    September 6, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Stay safe. Big prayers going out to y’all from Texas.

  123. Coral Bay Denizen
    September 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Well, Jenn, you gotta love the love, no matter how windy it gets. Hang on tight! The eye moved over St. Thomas about an hour ago. Still Cat 5, still a mess. When it gets further West, the northers stop and serious westerlies will start. Just be safe.

    Good to see all the people worrying about St. John and you. Love the love.
    (The REAL Kevin, not the pumped up boat jockey . . . well, not paid anyway).

  124. Peggy Spiers
    September 6, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    We will be there in a couple of weeks. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help, and if there is anything we can bring. We love all of our peeps on St.John, and praying hard.

  125. Clayton Henry
    September 6, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Please post info as soon as you get. Here’s a good site to see the radars. Wave hight is very scary.

    http://www.myfoxhurricane.com

  126. doc
    September 6, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    All of the St. John webcams seem to be down or showing old loops. The only one I can still see is actually from St. Croix. http://www.gotostcroix.com/live/

    If it is still a live loop then John’s post update (September 6, 2017 at 1:33 pm) on the NW shift would be right. Because it not as dark anymore in St. Croix.

    I love you St. John’s. LOVECITY IS STRONG

  127. Tom Cotton
    September 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Hope all who weathered the storm on their boats in hurricane hole are fairing well. We have visited the last few summers and will again as the island is one of our favorite destinations. We are pulling for the Island and all the residents there to come out of this with little damage but it looks ugly on the satellite images of the storm! Be safe.

  128. Aimee
    September 6, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Prayers from Atlanta! We will be back and will ove that island as much as we always have!!!

  129. September 6, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Wishing the best for you and everyone on STJ and surrounding islands! I’m already scheduled to come over Thanksgiving break with the American Hiking Society to work at the park at Cinnamon Bay, cleaning up for high season. I don’t think this will change our plans. Hoping more will join us! I’ll be there either way!

  130. #OnTheJohn
    September 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    The #OnTheJohn group from Oklahoma City is praying for all of you! Trust me, we will be back!

  131. Laura
    September 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I have tears in my eyes reading posts from others with a heavy heart like mine worried about our friends on St John. It is truly a special place with special people and we will also be back. We have been coming for 25 years and feel like it’s our home away from home.

  132. Diana Janopaul
    September 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    We will always come back to St. John! No way to keep me away. We have a December trip planned and will be there to help in any way we can! Please be safe.

  133. Gina
    September 6, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Picture is grainy, but Soggy Dollar cam was up at 3:16 Eastern time.

  134. Tara R.
    September 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Feeling so helpless and sad up here in Boston.

    Will do whatever is needed to help St. John and its residents recover.

    We have a home – Unicorn – in Fish Bay which we are worried about, but more concerned about the effect on the beauty and natural environment of this amazing and stunning island.

    Discovered St. John over 30 years ago and have been coming back ever since and that will never end. Our hearts belong to St. John.

    Hang in there. We will all help to return St. John to its glory and yes we will share a painkiller or two in the process.

  135. Gary Mighton
    September 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    When we come in November we will look to help in any way we can. We feel such an attachment to the island and it’s people!

  136. The Lorey Family
    September 6, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending much love your way. Be safe!

  137. September 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Pam and I try to get down there every 4 to 6 months…we are coming down over Christmas for the first time to hang with our best bud Kenny at the QMP. I can get down for a couple of days and make it a long weekend if y’all need help with the cleanup! We will make sure STJ bounces back just fine! Love y’all and stay safe, we’re praying for ya!!

  138. Bonnie
    September 6, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Glad to hear that you’re hunkered down and are being safe. I love the island because of the people and their warm and kind spirit. The people on STJ are strong and tough….undoubtedly friends will be helping friends. Hang on just a little while longer and the worst of the storm will be out of there.

  139. Mary Dees
    September 6, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    All of you on St. John are in my thoughts & prayers.

  140. Cyndi Chandler
    September 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    We will always be back. Prayers for everyone in STJ stay safe!

  141. Jay Watson
    September 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Anyone seen Summer from Bamboo Studios ?

  142. Carla and Roger
    September 6, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Appreciate your updates many in oklahoma are watching you..we will all be back..and watching for ways we can help..

  143. Christopher Shaffer
    September 6, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Stay safe and our prayers go out to all of the islanders. If tourism is allowed we’ll be staying in St. John on the 19th.

  144. Sandy
    September 6, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    We are keeping everyone in our favorite place St John and St Thomas in our thoughts and prayers. We will be back back in February. Stay strong, stay safe!

  145. Jeff
    September 6, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Quick Update:

    For those not following NewsofStJohn on Facebook, Jen was able to post an update via a text to her father. Here it is:

    Papa News here
    I just got this from Jenn
    512pm – we’re all ok!!!!
    St. John is a changed place. But we will rebuild. We will be back.
    Trees down everywhere. Roofs blown off in places. Waves look huge and surge is high. Power lines down. But somehow I can get texts out.
    We’re all going to be ok. Thanks for the love.
    -Jenn xoxo

  146. David Cascio
    September 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Thank God!!! We will be down on the East End, November 2-14. If we can go, we’ll do what ever is needed. HOLY COW.
    Dave & Jenny

  147. September 6, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Praying for all – Coming back to St John – planned on Dec 9th, but if there are needs after this storm passes – know that you have friends that will help. Sending LOVE -So much ❤️

  148. Debby
    September 6, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    praying for you all. We are booked to come back for 11 days in February. Please post if there are any relief fundraisers that we can donate to. My husband and I have fallen in love with this little island. You are truly special loving people. please keep us posted of how we can help in any way. hugs and lots of love. We stay at the Garden by the Sea and I am praying that Miss Eileen the artist and her sweet studio are ok.

  149. Victoria
    September 6, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    My Sister called Cinnamon Bay her home for years. We now visit routinely and it has become our family place. We are praying for everyone and will be back regardless. ❤❤

  150. Jen Catanese
    September 6, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    We fell in love with the island and the people of St John and our hearts are with you all. We just spent two wonderful weeks there with our family, visit regularly and will be back in six months no matter what. Keep us all posted on how we can help. Lots of love from Ohio xo

  151. Kim
    September 6, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    St John is our favorite place in the entire world… friends there are like family to us.. heart is aching for all of you.. stay strong and know that with faith and strength you will pull through and rebuild and I would happily be there to help

  152. Dottie
    September 6, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Please be safe! Prayers are with all of you.. SJ is my fav island in the caribbean. We will be back next year!!

  153. James Rogers
    September 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Hold fast!
    Love ya’s!!!
    Wish we were there when it’s time to clean-up…!

  154. allison smith
    September 6, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Hey Jenn, We’re all out here holding our breath, waiting for news. I posted this prayer/poem on facebook. You may want to post it. It’s long, but people responding gratefully for it. Thinking of Peace Hill….looks like we’ll have a lot to do. Trying to get back.Continuing with our prayer circle and facebook posts and webcasts I’ve tried to send from Silent Unity….
    In this moment as the eye of Hurricane Irma pounds our little beloved islands, let’s all take a moment, take a deep breath, close your eyes and
    Picture in your mind/focus on what you love about St. John.
    It may be a beach or particular people…..but see this clearly in your imagination (try not to judge the experience. just breathe)
    Release any fear you’re holding and let it shift into protection for those we love, Let go of any tightness you feel in your body (take a deeper breath here)
    See all people, all animals of St. John, St. Thomas and the BVI, We pray they know what is theirs to do to protect or save themselves from the ravages of the storm. Keep their minds clear and able to make the right decisions without panic
    In their shelter or in an emergency space, we see them safe,
    and that they know there are millions of people at this moment holding them in love and prayers
    If they’re in danger, if their shelter is damaged or destroyed, may they have the presence of mind to protect themselves with whatever is available: a mattress, a part of a house even a rock or a retaining wall that may protect them as much as possible
    If they’re wet or terrified, may they remember this WILL end
    If they have a religious or spiritual faith, may they draw on that power now and feel safe and warmed, even with crashing and howling around them
    May they quiet their racing thoughts and know peace of mind, even for a moment and focus on survival
    May we ALL remember our connection to each other, our Oneness, and know that living through this storm is all that matters. And islanders ARE survivors, tough and resourceful
    May they release any thoughts of being a victim or anger and may they be soothed and know if their heart they are valued
    May the feeling of being overwhelmed dissipate into a moment of “one step at a time” thinking, knowing what that step needs to be
    May the pounding of their hearts slow to a rhythm of courage and strength and knowing they have what it takes to get through this
    May they put their hands in ours and be transported into stillness and be renewed and restored, knowing they are not alone and that WE STAND WITH THEM
    And they we go beyond this moment of horror and move gently into the night and the dawn of a new day, that the wind will subside, their tears will dry, their hearts will open again and that we, the off island friends and family who hold them so dear, will be there for them when they emerge from this day
    And that somehow we’ll together figure it out, we’ll know what to do, that our love is stronger than any storm, our determination is more powerful than any wind and we’ll pull together and come out on the other side of this, maybe scarred or traumatized, maybe homeless or with just our lives, but we’ll do it with grace and pride and tenacity
    “I release all fear and stand in my power, knowing I have the strength to meet what I must meet and do what I must do”.
    And so it is. Amen

  155. Vickie
    September 6, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    There is nowhere on earth as beautiful as St. John. Nothing and no one, especially Irma, can take that away. Hang tough and stay safe everyone. Thoughts and prayers are with everyone.

  156. Jenn
    September 6, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Prayers for you all and our favorite spot on earth, St. John. We come every April and we are booked to come this April. I’m so upset and worried for each of you and friends on st Thomas and the bvi. Let us know how we can help after the storm! We live on the gulf coast and understand! ❤️

  157. Cheri
    September 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Prayers are being sent from the MidwestSt John is our favorite for years now and we’ve made many friends while visiting the Best Island in the Caribbean ❤️ We will always come back!!!! Blessings to you all!!!

  158. Lisa Ann Piana
    September 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    We are praying for everyone on St John. We love you! We love the island!
    Stay safe and thank you for keeping us up to date. Please let us know what we can
    do for you all. Ready to help…all the way from Massachusetts !

  159. Bob Schiffel
    September 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Slated for the Westin on the 30th…..been coming for years…..will still come if island is ready….if not we don’t want to put any undue stress on you guys.Ready to help clean up too.We are in Wilmington NC and know all about hurricanes and in fact are bracing for Irma here next week.

    • Denny Moore
      September 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Bob – I heard the Westin is in bad shape…lot’s of damage. Just second hand info

      • Heidi
        September 7, 2017 at 10:21 am

        We are also planning to come for the first two weeks in December to the Westin. We also will spend vacation helping in whatever way we can. I’m just waiting to hear if the Westin is still there? Love and hugs to all my brothers and sisters in the Caribbean.

        Heidi

    • Jeffrey Rubin
      September 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Word is that Coral Bay and the east end have suffered horrific destruction. The rest of the island (including the Westin) have suffered significant damage, too. Not sure how long it will be before the Westin reopens.

  160. John
    September 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Love your site; hope to see you back online soon!
    If there are urgent needs please publish.

  161. Cara
    September 6, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Does anyone have a link to local news sites? I swear the US news has mentioned every island except Saint John… Any sites with new updates?

    • Danielle
      September 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Stjohnsource.com. But not much new in the way of information on there…

    • kelsi
      September 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      i know and i am so tired already of hearing Florida

  162. Melissa
    September 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Y’all okay down there? Best wishes from Oklahoma.

  163. Rich & Kelly
    September 6, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Hope all are safe and sound! Shout out to evetyone at Grande Bay, too! St. John is our favorite place in the world and we’ll be back next June….boy that seems so far away when I type it out loud. It will still be beautiful no matter what.

  164. Lisa C
    September 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hope all are safe. All of us love STJ and will continue to return and help in any way we can. Thanks for your updates!

  165. Brenda
    September 6, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Please let us know how we can help.

  166. Philly Scott
    September 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Hang in everyone! We love our STJ! Best wishes from Philadelphia.

  167. BAP Members
    September 6, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    To everyone on St. John-Prayers and Love to all of you! Stay strong friends…our favorite place to celebrate life…..we are praying hard for all of you!

  168. Susan
    September 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Thinking of all of you on our beloved island. I hope everyone is okay. Sending love your way.

  169. kelsi
    September 6, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    i know and i am so tired already of hearing Florida

    • kelsi
      September 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      Any news…we have family there on vacation?

  170. Diane
    September 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Thoughts and Prayers to everyone on St. John from our family here in Columbus Ohio. we pray that everyone is safe and well. While we may not be on island now, we carry the love for St. John and it’s people in our hearts always. It is heartbreaking to hear of the devastation Please keep us posted on how we can help rebuild this beautiful island.

  171. Stephen
    September 6, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    Praying for your safety and a quick recovery. Lots of love from many of us in Wichita Falls, Texas. Blessings to you all.

  172. mary and stan griffin
    September 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    We are glued to fb and the weather channel with hopes that you will weather this storm. Please post as often as you can so we know you’re all ok. If you know Bob Shinners, or Mary Phyllis and Ron Nogueira, please give them our love.

  173. Crystal
    September 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Please keep us posted about St. John. Family is there. If you know Rich Johnson and Marilyn Griffin in Andante on Choc Hole/Hart Bay, send them love from their family. We are thinking of everyone on the island!

  174. Sharon Braaten
    September 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Praying for all on St.John!! For safety and strength during Erma’s havoc on your precious island! Stj is our favorite spot to enjoy amazing beauty and truly relax. We’re scheduled for first week in Nov. We have received so much in our many visits! May God give you His strength and blessing as you face these next hours, days, weeks and months! My heart is there!

  175. Lucretia
    September 7, 2017 at 12:33 am

    We have been sick all day thinking about what you are going through! We love St John and the BVI’s and would love to find out how we could help or when we could help with clean up. Please let me know who to contact. Our thoughts and prayers are with you! ❤️

  176. Becky
    September 7, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Today is the beginning of a new day. We hope everyone was safe. You will be able to rebuild. I have a sister on Water Island so I know there is no communication at this point. Any update would be wonderful. There is no coverage on the US Virgin Islands on any of the news channels so we have no idea of the loss on these islands. Desperate for any news. Take care and be safe as you start to come out your homes today.

  177. Jim
    September 7, 2017 at 7:21 am

    please let us know when anyone is online, looking for my daughter in Grande Bay

  178. Denny Moore
    September 7, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Our son manages the ACC. He called last night. minimal water damage in the apartment but the winds were an issue. Blew the windows out of the work truck and sent his washer/dryer into the wind. They keep them on a covered side porch, bolted to the concrete. Bolts popped and the machines went into the surrounding woods. He had not made it to the shelter yet to see about the animals and he is concerned. Biggest issue now is power. Island is without power and the way things move down there it could take a long while to repair.

    • Helen
      September 7, 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thanks for the report Denny. I am concerned about the ACC and all the island animals. So, if he called, I assume comms were still up??

      • Denny Moore
        September 7, 2017 at 8:49 am

        He called last night at 11PM – have not heard since but I will forward whatever we here. He was afraid the roof might have blown off the shelter – yikes!

        • Helen
          September 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

          Denny-thanks. I hope that didn’t happen. From what I am seeing and reading about St Thomas, I am very worried. When your son comes back online, please ask how we can help.

  179. Pat Yocum
    September 7, 2017 at 9:23 am

    My niece, Jenn Frisch is a resident on St. John. I don’t know when I will hear from her. Hope she and everyone she loves on St. John are doing well. Tell her if anyone knows her that I’m sending me love and will try to get some help to her & Swanney, & Boom when I can. “Best to all on God’s Little Acre”

  180. kelsi
    September 7, 2017 at 10:25 am

    We heard from cousins in Cruz Bay they r k…

    • felicia
      September 7, 2017 at 10:31 am

      im glad to hear that. can you ask them if the ppl in the stj inn are ok? my family took shelter there.

      • Ann
        September 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

        Glad to hear that there is some contact with St. John and your cousins are ok. I have tried to reach Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, St Thomas and a friend on Tortola and no response yet. phones service is always random but I am greatful for all of you and this site. our family has been coming to the beautiful Islands for years and it has felt like home since the first step on the island. my heart is heavy with concern and yet full of hope and love.

  181. Brandon Kraemer
    September 7, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Having visited St. John over the years, in particular Maho Bay (campground) and Ram’s Head I am very worried about everyone on the island and hope to hear an update soon of good news. Also my thoughts are with everyone on Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and all the USVI/BVI islands.

  182. felicia
    September 7, 2017 at 10:33 am

    my sister’s house sits on the hill right up from JESS and her roof is gone. my mothers house is right down the street from it, I am praying that roof isn’t gone too. so worried about my grandma in chocolate hole. anyone hear anything?

  183. Sara Mcdivitt
    September 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Praying! My sister lives there, praying she and her hubs are safe!!!

  184. Nannette Pope
    September 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Heartsick over all of this! Praying everyone is safe!
    Yes, you will rebuild & be stronger for it!
    We’ll be back in May, if we can!
    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  185. Nina
    September 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I am hoping everyone is safe and can get in touch with their loved ones soon!

    My mother, Beverly, teaches anti-gravity yoga at the Gifft Hill School. I haven’t heard from her yet. If anyone has any information, please let me know!

  186. JojoMed
    September 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

    This is a long shot, but worth a try. I’m looking for any news of Kathy DePree and her husband Jon Jones. Kathy’s law office is in downtown Cruz Bay, and Kathy and Jon live in the general area of Chocolate Hole, but inland a bit. With phone service down, there’s been no contact for about 36 hours. If anyone has any news, please send to me, Kathy’s brother Joe, at jojomedwid@mac.com. Many thanks. Praying for all on STJ and STT.

  187. Donna
    September 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Any updates appreciated on current services, buildings & roads. What are overall island conditions?

  188. felicia
    September 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    ok. my other sister in Orlando just sent me a crap load of pictures. im not completely sure where she got them from on facebook. but at least you look for your loved ones home or business to see if it has been damaged. there are a lot of pictures on there.

  189. Erin
    September 7, 2017 at 11:57 am

    St John is such a magical place with the most amazing people. I’m praying that everyone is safe.

  190. Matt
    September 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Looking for information on my sister, Elizabeth Muro, that took shelter at Coral Bay. Any news on people at Coral Bay? Thank you.

  191. Salena
    September 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Very worried for all. I pray they get the power on soon so everyone can get to work. Planned to visit our family home in coral bay just after thanksgiving. It will be my 45th bday. If I can get in, plan to go even if it is a working vacation to help the recovery. If anyone can attach a link with the photos, would like to see the status. Nothing on the webcams. We are just praying and waiting. I hope the hospital was protected. Peace and God’s Love to all of you

    • felicia
      September 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      I don’t know how to put up photos, I have tons of them.

      • Maciej
        September 7, 2017 at 2:55 pm

        You could do a public Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter post, then come back here and paste in the link?

      • matt
        September 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

        Felicia,

        You have recent (post Irma) photos of Coral Bay? If so, what is the situation there? This is no news about how Coral Bay is doing after Irma hit.

        Thank you,
        Matt

      • hopper
        September 7, 2017 at 3:13 pm

        If you are okay emailing them to me, I can host them somewhere. I wouldn’t use them for any other purpose, just a concerned long time St. John visitor.

        • felicia
          September 7, 2017 at 3:20 pm

          ok, I can email them to you guys. I don’t have any social media. that’s y I am on the blog. I have not heard anything about coral bay at all. sorry. but If I do I will tell you matt.

          • Matt
            September 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm

            Thanks, Felicia. Worried about my sister, Elizabeth, and everyone else on island. Seems like Coral Bay was hit the worst. No way to get there from land. Coast Guard on their way now. No one has heard from that area. A ton of worried people on fb, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1906776062980950/?fref=nf

          • Donna
            September 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

            Could you email me the photos as well. We come visit every September and want to come help in any way if we can get in. Thank you!

  192. Richard
    September 7, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I love Caneel Bay Resort and have been there three times since 1963. I am planning to return in 2018 for our 50th wedding anniversary with my wife, children and grandchildren. Irma was not invited. I send my best to the staff at the resort including Nikolay Hotze and Patrick Howe. I am hoping all are safe and without harm. God bless all who are living in beautiful St John.

  193. patrick
    September 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    i like everyone, has been on island tons are we’re headed down there early december…i’ve been searching everywhere and called a few places down there as well ( no answers )…it would be great for photos and info! hope those on island now got through it okay 😉 !!

  194. Mike Cavanaugh
    September 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Wanted to buy;
    Property on St. John. Hurricane damage is no problem. Please reply if interested.

    • James
      September 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Really, douche bag?

    • Rick Rude
      September 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      You interested in an ass beating? Not funny!

    • Lu lu
      September 7, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Be careful a**shat. Karma is a mother. Why in the world would you say such a thing?? Next time..think before you post.

    • Ralph & Conya
      September 7, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Okay, asshole…if i ever come across your sorry behind, I’m going to beat your ass! Pardon my profanity, but I don’t find this idiot in any way funny!!!

  195. RJ whisner
    September 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    To Mike cavanaugh !

    If I ever hear your on St John I will personally stick your head up your ass !

    • Coral Bay Denizen
      September 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

      I think you’re a little late on that one. Seems as though it’s already there.

  196. Jenifer
    September 7, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    So very much love to Love City! ♥️

    Please keep up hope. You are loved. Please keep up hope. You are loved.
    Please keep up hope. You are loved.

  197. Felicia
    September 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    https://irmasafetycheck.herokuapp.com/looking/list/

    Look at this list if ur looking for ppl. Or wanna add ppl.

  198. Howie
    September 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Just found this on trip advisor
    From a satellite phone in coral bay
    95% of the boats in hurricane hole destroyed, stacked upon one another in the hillsides in splinters
    Routes 10&20 impassible w debris.
    Some hillsides look stripped of vegetation

    So many fond memories hanging out in sea grape admiiring sunrise over the east end. Hiking , beaching ,exploring and looking for the best Painkilla
    Stay STRONG in The Republic of Coral Bay !!

  199. Peter
    September 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    More information can be found here:

    https://www.facebook.com/CoralBayHurricaneIrma/

  200. Dave in RI
    September 8, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    We’re with you STJ! The 340 will live on. Craving pictures and info – gallows? Esterne? Caneel? Shame on mainland and mainstream media for forgetting – all we saw were coverage of gas station lines in FL and pics of Baruda….

  201. Lee in Philly
    September 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    We haven’t forgotten about you up here! We just have gotten practically no info about what’s going on. Stay safe and keep your heads up – those of us who have visited and love St. John will help you rebuild. You can count on us.

  202. Brad
    September 9, 2017 at 10:32 am

    We visited 20 years ago. I still think of St John almost everyday. Best spot in the Caribbean! Praying for everyone’s safety. Hang tough!

  203. Gloria Rennock
    September 20, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Please, could anyone tell me if you know of anything in Hansen Bay. I have friends who live on east end. Jean and Steven Cottrell. I know that they would not have left their home. They lived almost at the end of the island of St. John.

    Can’t reach them and have not hear anything from them. Do you know how things faired out there. Please help with any information.

    Thanks!
    Gloria

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