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As disastrous hurricane season ends, US Virgin Islands remain in need

Posted November 30, 2017 10:06 p.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:06 p.m. EDT

— The deadly and extremely active 2017 hurricane season ended Thursday.

There was 17 named storms, 10 classified as hurricanes, which costed more than $475 billion in damage.

Like many other Hurricane-ravaged areas, photos and video show the slow recovery in the United States Virgin Islands.

Jason Coscia operates a hurricane relief nonprofit in the Virgin Islands called Perfect Heart.

He says the islands are not getting the necessary help.

"We feel like we have been forgotten," Coscia said. "FEMA stopped delivering supplies long ago."

Coscia and others believe the Virgin Islands are getting lost in the shadow of the devastation in Puerto Rico, another United States Territory that is also struggling to recover.

As hurricane season ends, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico remain in need

Jennifer Koralov and her husband Ryan lived in the Virgin Islands for six years.

They now own Neuse River Brewing Company in Raleigh.

They have used their brewery as a backdrop to raise around $15,000 for Virgin Islands hurricane relief.

"People still remember this is an American territory," Ryan Kolarov said. "This is a place that's still struggling."

Many of the relief supplies currently getting to the Virgin Islands are through families, nonprofits and grassroots efforts.

"It was amazing to see the amount of community come out and help with us." Jennifer Kolarov said. "We knew we had to do something."

The Kolarovs are selling t-shirts and bumper stickers to benefit the Virgin Islands.

Coscia's nonprofit, Perfect Heart also continues to do its part.

"Everyday, I'm hearing about a different hardship, a new hardship that's still happening," Coscia said.

Power has now been restored to almost 50 percent of the Virgin Islands. The much needed tourism industry is slowly coming back.

St. Thomas and St. Croix are once again ports of call for many Cruise Ships, but many residential homes are still not livable.