The storm pulled the wood roof off of the fire station at the airport on Grand Turk, scattering the equipment about. Large planks of wood rested on top of some of the supplies.
Firefighters James Walkin, 36, and Jerald Bailey, 27, stood atop the pile, working to clean up the wreckage. "We've got the vehicles, but the station is completely destroyed," Walkin said.
"It's the first time I've been through a storm, and it ain't a good thing."
Once Walkin finishes working to repair the station, he has to start the process of rebuilding his own home on Grand Turk. The winds tore off the roof.
"My house is destroyed, the furniture, everything is gone," said Walkin. "It almost makes me lose my head, but I gotta fix it. I hope to get some help from the government."
In the Palm Grove neighborhood of Grand Turk, Ian Astwood, 36, worked with a few other men to clean out the inside of his father's store. He wiped down rain soaked shelves, not far from where canisters of Quaker Oats remained in a line. As Ike unleashed its fury, Astwood stayed in his house about a block away with his wife and young son.
As the storm wailed at about 2:30 a.m., he moved his family into the bathroom, figuring it would be the safest spot. About thirty minutes later, the west section of his roof tore off and he decided he had to make it to his father's place.
"My wife and son started crying and after they screamed at the top of their voice, I knew we had to leave," he said. "On my way my Jeep windows blew in, two of the tires punctured."
On Tuesday, the neighborhood was coming together to clear the streets, patch roofs, cut down trees and clean up. "Times like this everyone comes together," he said. "All this in time we can rebuild. The important thing is everyone stayed safe."
The store, Palm Grove Variety Store, is the family's lifeblood, he said. "We built this out of our pockets," he said. "This was my parents life savings, their life work."