Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma
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PHOTOS: A sense of resolve in the Virgin Islands after Irma

Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

On the hill above Cruz Bay on St. John Island, the house where Eugenio Santana Santana, age 61, was living was completely blown away by Hurricane Irma. He and four other people took shelter crammed in a bathroom. Originally from Dominica, Santana says he will stay and help rebuild the island because there is no work in his own country. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Battered sailboats are piled on top of each other in downtown Cruz Bay on St. John. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Laila Penn, 9, waits at the ferry terminal in Cruz Bay to evacuate to Puerto Rico. She said she was very scared during the hurricane, and she is glad to be leaving the island of Jost Van Dyke for a while. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

An impromptu church service was held on a street corner in Cruz Bay on St. John island one week after Hurricane Irma.

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Once a lush tropical island, St. John is now completely bare after Hurricane Irma. Some 90% of all the boats on the island were destroyed and litter the coastline. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

On the east end of St. John island, Athena Swartley, 64, originally from Philadelphia, hangs up her clothes to dry. Despite the new tropical storm approaching and calls for evacuations, she plans to stay. “I learned so much” from Hurricane Irma, she said.

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Catika Wa Richards rests in the car with her children in Coral Bay, where she has lived her whole life. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

In Coral Bay, on St. John, many of the residents are semi-retired, some of them exhausted from the events surrounding Hurricane Irma. They are now facing a tropical storm and are being told to evacuate as soon as possible.

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Elliot Hoober, 64, lost the mast on his boat but says he will stay in Coral Bay on St. John. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Adele Thomas is grateful that her family survived Hurricane Irma after it roared through her house, ripping the roof off and destroying all the contents as she and her three children hid in a cellar. She is working to cover the roof with plastic, but the bathroom hasn’t been covered yet, nor is there running water or electricity. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Sgt. 1st Class Dave Looby, of St. Croix, left, helps unload relief supplies that arrived Sept. 15 on St. John  as part of Task Force Bravo. 

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Resolve on Virgin Islands after Irma

Doc Thomas, age 71, climbs down to the house where he was living during Hurricane Irma, which is now mostly destroyed. 

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