Metro Detroit student trapped in Hurricane Irma helped by university

Posted at 9:45 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 08:01:19-04

Hurricane Irma has destroyed St. Martin damaging more than 90% of the island. One of the few buildings left standing is American University of the Caribbean.

First year medical student Preety Mahal says she and her mother arrived to the university last week knowing the hurricane was possibly going to hit.

It wasn’t until they arrived they learned how serious it was.

Mahal says at least 500 students are taking shelter in the school. Eight hundred locals are receiving care from medical students like Mahal.

The island has no power, and Mahal says there are no supplies and food to take care of everyone.

"It hurts my heart to see the devastation, they lost their homes, we have homes to go to when we get back to the states and they have nothing. They need all the help they can get here," Mahal says.

American University announced their students from the United States would go to Chicago by this weekend. Their first semester will be spent there.

Since the airport is no longer standing, students are not sure when they will return to St. Martin.