Survivor's story: Woman survives Hurricane Irma covered by a mattress

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An Arizona woman survived being on St. Thomas when it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) An Arizona woman survived being on St. Thomas when it was hit by Hurricane Irma. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
“To go from a hurricane warning to all of a sudden one of the worst hurricanes the Atlantic’s ever seen in a few days, that was quite terrifying,” Blair said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) “To go from a hurricane warning to all of a sudden one of the worst hurricanes the Atlantic’s ever seen in a few days, that was quite terrifying,” Blair said. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Blair and her roommate were stuck flooded by water and with no electricity for days. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Blair and her roommate were stuck flooded by water and with no electricity for days. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Blair captured a few videos and pictures of the aftermath. (Source: Blair) Blair captured a few videos and pictures of the aftermath. (Source: Blair)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Hurricane Irma is said to be one of the worst hurricanes ever recorded in Atlantic history. 

St. Thomas was one of the islands essentially destroyed by the storm. And an Arizona woman was on the island when the hurricane hit and is grateful she made it through. 

“So, it honestly kinda feels like a dream,” said Alizabeth Blair.

[RELATED: Phoenix-based search and crews return home from helping hurricane victims]

But it wasn't a dream at all. It was a real-life nightmare Blair lived through.

“To go from a hurricane warning to all of a sudden one of the worst hurricanes the Atlantic’s ever seen in a few days, that was quite terrifying,” Blair said.

Blair had just moved to St. Thomas in July and never imagined she'd be in the path of a hurricane. 

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“We had hurricane shutters that would protect the windows and everything. We actually had one of them open up in the middle of the hurricane so right in the worst part of it. My roommate and I kinda freaked out and flew into the closet, threw mattresses on top of us,” Blair said.

Still, the wrath of the storm made it inside.

[WEATHER BLOG: I Love St. Thomas]

“We were just sitting in about two to three inches of water but with the mattresses, it was soaking up into that, so it was a little uncomfortable,” Blair said.

They were stuck flooded by water and with no electricity for days.

[Slideshow: Hurricane Irma leaves homes battered, neighborhoods flooded]

“We were in our apartment from Tuesday afternoon until Friday morning. We finally got out, finally got to see the sun, got to see more of what was going on with the devastation and everything. Luckily, our apartment was the safest on the street by far,” Blair said.

Blair captured a few videos and pictures of the aftermath.

“It was really sad to drive around and see all the people that [sic] weren't so lucky,” Blair said.

[RELATED: What it's like to live in the path of a hurricane]

Now, back home with family, she says it all still feels a bit surreal.

“How'd I go from being on an island where I had no idea, I didn't have power or water for so long to going to being in an air-conditioned house with a bed and my dog laying [sic] by me, it's hard to process right now,” Blair said. 

[RELATED: Rescues and recovery after Irma]

Blair was stuck on the island, because the airport in St. Thomas was destroyed. She was finally rescued by a cruise ship which stopped on the island to drop off supplies. She was taken to Miami where she caught a plane back to Phoenix. 

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She then went on to Arizona State University. She graduated summa cum laude from the University’s prestigious, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications with an emphasis in broadcasting.

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