Mother prays for daughter's return after Irma hits U.S. Virgin Islands

Mother prays for daughter's return home after Irma

HENDERSON - East Texans are feeling the impact from Hurricane Irma. One Henderson mother is worried about her daughter living on St. John Island, one of the hardest hit areas.

It’s been days since Carla West last spoke to her daughter Tracy West Young. She moved to St. John in August 2016, leaving her family behind in East Texas.

West said she is constantly checking social media for any sign of her daughter.

"I need to know how to get a hold of her so I can get her off the island,” she said.

The two spoke on Sept. 9, but the call ended abruptly. Young gave her love to those back home, and then the call disconnected.

Now, West is unsure if her daughter is still safe.

"You don't know what could've happened, or what could've collapsed, and I'm worried about her getting sick and needing to come home,” she said.

Young has a problem with one of her lungs, making it hard to breathe. If she gets pneumonia, she could die.
Being around humidity magnifies the problem. 

"She's going to be exposed to all that down there,” she said.

Pacing her yard to keep busy and constantly checking her phone, West just wants to tell her daughter to come home.

According to the latest U.S. Census, there are 4,000 U.S. citizens living in the Virgin Islands.

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