Former Lexington couple loses home in Hurricane Irma

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For the last few days Samantha Scott has been glued to her phone, hoping she will hear from her parents who just recently moved to St.Thomas.

"They sold all their furniture. Every piece of furniture they had they sold and they did it they moved there and got a condo and this happens," she told WKYT.

Scott says for years her parents Michael and Candy Hale have dreamed of moving to St. Thomas. The Lexington couple wed there and fell in love with island.

"They just moved there in June after ten years of planning financially to be able to leave their jobs and move there," Scott said.

For the last couple of months the Hales have been living out their dream, but this week it turned into a nightmare.

"You just never would imagine that you would be sitting at home watching this stuff and not hear from your parents," she said.

Scott says hurricane Irma destroyed her parents condo. She says she didn't know if her parents made it through the storm.

After losing contact with them she finally got a call from her mother.

"This was a beautiful green flowery gorgeous place and right now it looks like somebody dropped an atomic bomb on it," Michael Hale told WKYT in a phone interview.

Hale says the island is in ruins. He says they're quickly running out of supplies and resources.

"The government is not doing anything down here," he said. "It's the people that want to survive that are doing something."

Right now the Hales are staying with a friend in the mountains, but with food and gas running low they're hoping help in on the way.

"We're a U.S. territory. It's like we're forgotten about," Hale said.

The family says all they can do now is hope for the best and take things hour by hour.

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