A honeymoon that you'll never forget

Melissa and Dennis Burtsfield booked a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic six months before they said 'I do'.

And when the couple arrived Sunday, it was picture perfect.

"It was beautiful," says Melissa Burtsfield. "The sun was going and it didn't really look like a severe storm was headed here."

But Tuesday, that all changed.

"It was very scary," says Melissa. "It was rushed. You were told by people that you had to go to the shelter and that you weren't allowed to take anything other than personal items."

The couple checked-in to a nearby shelter.

"It was a big line of people getting in and you were taken in and there were a few lawn chairs for beds," says Melissa.

Once the couple got the okay to go outside Thursday, they couldn't believe what they saw.

"It was a very panicked feeling," says Melissa. "You saw everything that was broke and debris just everywhere."

Power outages were also part of the hurricane's destruction. So when the Burtsfields were able to get cell service, they could not wait to get ahold of their family in Washington, Illinois.

"It was a very grateful feeling to let everybody know that we're okay; that we are safe and sound," says Melissa.

The couple plans to fly out Sunday. But with Hurricane Jose close behind, the two may have to stay longer than expected.

 


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