(KCBD) - Former KCBD NewsChannel 11 reporter Joe Conger is reporting live from the British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Irma moves through.
Conger and his wife planned a vacation months ago to go sail boating in the British Virgin Islands.
Those plans were quickly rearranged when their hotel was turned into an evacuation shelter ahead of Hurricane Irma.
"I wanted to treat my wife to a sailboat vacation in the British Virgin Islands. We had planned this months ago and as we see it go north we did not realize she was going to make that direct path for us. We did not get any sailing in. Come to find out we were immediately pulled in and have been hunkered down ever since then as they have been making storm preparations on Tortola," Conger said.
So Conger put his reporter hat back on to let everyone know what was going on.
"Reporter or former reporter for 25 years, I've been through several hurricanes from Jacksonville, FL, on down and never have I been in the eye of a storm of 185 mph winds, I can tell you that," Conger said.
"Again, it's wait and see - these gusts have been coming in and could literally take us off the balcony," Conger said.
A terrifying situation that left them praying for their safety.
"Pray for us, we have a prayer chain going through Facebook and that's nice, we have a lot of folks looking out for us - okay, that was the roof next door. We're good babe we're good so just pray for us," Conger said.
In one of his latest Facebook live videos he describes the aftermath as "it took everything."
We'll continue to check on Joe and update this story as he reports from the area.