Kenny Chesney‘s home on the U.S. Virgin Island of Saint John was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.


The country singer was luckily not in the area at the time, but had opened his home to many people and their pets for shelter. He told reporter Robin Meade that the house was “simply gone,” but that the people in the area are far more important to him. He described the destruction as “biblical in nature.”

Irma blasted many Caribbean islands in its wake, particularly Antigua and Barbuda, which got caught straight through the center of the storm. The hurricane was a category 4 as it inched closer to Florida, and hit as such, but soon downgraded to a category 2 storm once hindered by landfall.

The country singer has dedicated a section of his website to helping those who were have been hit my Irma, and by collecting donations. “I don’t know right now how we’re going to do this. But I want to help. I want to enlist my friends to figure out the best ways to make a difference, to help in whatever ways, small or larger, that we can,” Chesney wrote. “I’m blessed with so many great people… We’re already talking, trying to figure out how to get in there. And I know the No Shoes Nation is mighty. They’ve dug in before and made a difference. I have a feeling once we have our plans in the place, they’ll be there again.”

“I’m gonna do everything that I possibly can to try to relieve some stress from people that I’ve really grown to love over the years, who have meant so much to my life,” he said. “This place, these islands have meant so much to me.”

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