The US Virgin Islands, devastated by Hurricane Irma, are in serious need of aid

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, tore its away across the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm on Sept. 6, mixing together a deadly combination of winds and rising water.

Government officials and local residents alike are reporting the damage as catastrophic, and saying it will be months before the islands are able to recover.

"The infrastructure is destroyed," Dr. Libby Flowers, who is treating patients at her clinic on St. Thomas, told CNBC. "The roads are impassable, the power grid is completely gone, and there is a lot of looting and robbing."

Flowers, who has lived and worked on the island for eight years as an emergency room doctor, said her family went through Hurricane Hugo in 1987.

"Irma was by far the worst," Flowers said.

At least 24 people were killed by Irma in the Caribbean, Reuters reported Sunday.

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