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A British couple 'lost everything' when Hurricane Irma wreaked devastation on their lives after the catastrophic storm destroyed their new home in the Virgin islands just days after they got married.
Michael, 24, and Jade Scott, 23, were forced to flee Gorda island as 185mph winds battered the Caribbean last week.
The pair, who are desperately trying to get back home to Derby, feared for their lives after the hurricane killed almost 30 people, Jade's mum recounted in an emotional interview with Derby Telegraph .
Jan Harrison-Ashley said: "Jade sent me a video last Wednesday showing the high winds and rain and I told her to keep sending me updates so I knew they were safe but that was the last I heard from them in two days.
"I can't tell you how worried I was - I've never cried so much before in my life. I was pulling my hair out of frustration that I couldn't find anything out.
"I got word on the Friday someone in the island was going around with satellite phones and I kept my fingers crossed we'd hear something. And then we had a message from them to say that they were coming home.
"They have lost everything. The hurricane has come and it's taken where they live, where they work – it's taken the whole island. Their evacuation was so quick so they had to leave a lot of their belongings behind including their car, clothes and furnishings."
Jan said the couple were fearful they had lost most of their money as the bank in which they invested their savings was also flattened.
Jade's mum added: "They were evacuated just hours after returning home. I'm quite angry at the moment because I don't know why they were allowed to be flown back given the conditions. The pair knew there was a hurricane but didn't know how severe it was going to be.
"We don't know when they are due back in Derby because lots of people are trying to get flights but hopefully it will be soon.
"They are staying at a hotel in Puerto Rico until they can get a flight but they are safe and that's the main thing.
"They do feel very lucky to be alive and that they can come home and start again."
The loved-up couple were forced to evacuate within hours of landing back to the island last Tuesday after they tied the knot in Derby on the previous Friday, ending a six-week summer break back home.
They are due to return back into the UK soon but it is not clear when exactly they will come back.
Hurricane Irma gave Florida a coast-to-coast pummelling with winds up to 130 mph on Sunday, swamping homes and boats, knocking out power to millions and toppling massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline.
The 400-mile-wide storm blew ashore in the mostly cleared-out Florida Keys, then marched up its western coast, its punishing winds extending clear across to Miami and West Palm Beach on the Atlantic side.
Irma was nearing the heavily populated Tampa-St. Petersburg area late on Sunday, though in a much-weakened state.