A storm has killed at least 3,000 people in St Thomas mid-town after damaging a nearby church and killing a pastor, authorities said.
The storm that lashed the area on Monday evening also damaged a small church, according to officials in St Peter’s Basilica, where about 30 people were killed by falling debris.
It is unclear whether the church, which is in the center of the town, has been destroyed.
The Rev. Michael Bowers, a local church leader, said he had not yet received word of any deaths from the storm.
Bowers told CNN that he believed the church had been completely destroyed.
“There is no longer any standing of the church,” he said.
“We have all been displaced.”
Bowers said that some of the people in the church were trying to leave, but they were prevented by a wall.
“The parishioners are staying behind because they can’t get out,” he added.
A spokesman for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which sits on a road that runs through the town where the storm struck, said it was not immediately possible to comment.
A church in the area also reported that it had lost power.
Officials said there were no fatalities or serious injuries from the storms that hit the southern United States in recent days.
The hurricane has brought heavy rain and flash flooding to parts of the U.S. South.