At least 23 deaths have been caused by Hurricane Irma, which left a trail of destruction in several Caribbean states, including St. Thomas and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Officials have warned that Hurricane Irma is unlike any storms that have been experienced in recent times, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
Irma was a Category 5 storm when it slammed into St. Thomas this week. On "Happening Now," Heather Childers talked to freelance journalist Kelsey Nowakowski, who said she could not get off the island in time.
She said her cousin attempted to leave St. Thomas, but found just two seats left on one of the last departing flights and both seats cost $6,000.
— Kelsey Nowakowski (@kelseynowa) September 8, 2017
— Kelsey Nowakowski (@kelseynowa) September 7, 2017
Nowakowski hunkered down with others in a building made of concrete. She said she and everyone else had experienced hurricanes before, but nothing like Irma.
Nowakowski said she sheltered in a bathroom as the eye of the storm passed through with winds of 185 mph.
"We were shaking when the eye was over us. We heard a noise that almost sounded like the noise a movie makes when an alien ship is landing," she said.
Nowakowski said everyone's ears were popping, the building was shaking and at many points, she thought the roof had come off.
Some locals in Florida have said they will ride out the storm, but Nowakowski strongly advised against it.
"Florida is too flat. It's gonna take on too much water," she predicted.
Watch the full interview above and see full coverage of Hurricane Irma at FoxNews.com.
Here are a list of charities to assist those in need in the U.S. Virgin Islands.