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Hurricane Irma: Barbuda, St. Martin, and Anguilla have been hit so far
Posted on: 07-09-2017 , 01:30:PM | DY365 Bureau

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September 7, 2017: Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, slammed several Caribbean islands with Category 5 storm winds early Wednesday. The tiny island of Barbuda, which has a population of 1,800, was devastated.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne said: “Barbuda is literally rubble. The entire housing stock was damaged. It is just a total devastation,”

As Irma hit the Caribbean, with winds of 185mph that sounded like a freight train, buildings were destroyed and hotels flooded.

The eye of Irma was passing just north of Puerto Rico late on Wednesday, buffeting the U.S. island territory's capital, San Juan, with heavy downpours and strong winds that scattered tree limbs across roadways.

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told, “The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experience before. We expect a lot of damage, perhaps not as much as seen in Barbuda.”

British tourists were evacuated from the region or hunkered down amid warnings the storm was "potentially catastrophic". So far seven deaths have been reported- six in St Martin and one, a two-year-old child, in Barbuda

As the Caribbean takes stock of the trail of devastation, Florida is preparing for a potential direct strike. The eye of the hurricane passed over Barbuda at around 1.47am (5.47am BST).

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