American tourist Adam Lynch described his harrowing ordeal surviving Hurricane Irma on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

Lynch was trapped in a resort that ended up 75 percent destroyed after the storm, he said today on "Happening Now." 

Hurricane Irma flattened the French territory, where crime spiked and the food supply dropped after the storm hit last week.

The glass sliding door in his suite blew out, allowing in the 185 mph winds, and it took took four men to hold one of the doors as water sprayed everywhere.

In the days that followed, looters posing as guests came to the resorts and stole jewelry and belongings, he remembered.


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After a few days, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship rescued Lynch and the three others with him.

At that point downtown had been "decimated."

Surviving "put everything in perspective," Lynch said.

"I'd never wanted to take a cruise in my life, and I've never been happier to see a giant cruise ship in my life."

French President Emmanuel Macron jetted to the territory on Tuesday to visit survivors and assess the damage, and pledged to rebuild the area.

Watch the full interview above.


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