‘It is just total devastation’: Category 5 Hurricane Irma destroys 90 per cent of tiny island of Barbuda as 185mph winds kill three across the Caribbean and dump torrential rain on US territories

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Hurricane Irma brought 185-mph winds and heavy rain to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico early Wednesday afternoon
A child has been reported dead in Barbuda, while another two were killed in St. Barts and St. Martin
Hurricane destroyed about 90 percent of Barbuda’s structures and vehicles, according to is Prime Minister
Irma hit several islands in the northeastern Caribbean when it made landfall early on Wednesday
The four ‘most solid’ buildings on the island to St. Martin have been destroyed
The Red Cross said it is preparing for ‘a major humanitarian response’ after ‘extremely worrying’ forecasts
While Irma’s end game is still unclear, it appears on track to hit south Florida on Sunday
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Monday for all 67 counties in the state

By JULIAN ROBINSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
6 September 2017

Hurricane Irma has destroyed 90 percent of the tiny island of Barbuda after 185 mph winds battered the Caribbean on Wednesday, killing at least three people.

The deadly category 5 storm – the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic – made its first landfall early Wednesday morning, pummeling Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and sparking a ‘major humanitarian crisis’.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the hurricane had completely destroyed about 90 percent of the island’s homes and vehicles.

‘The entire housing stock was damaged… Some have lost whole roofs. Some properties have been totally demolished,’ Browne said in an interview with ABS TV Radio in Antigua.

‘It is just a total devastation. Barbuda is literally rubble,’ he added, saying the island that is home to a population of 1,800 was ‘barely habitable’.

Aerial footage of the island after Irma passed through showed a desolate, flooded landscape shorn of trees and foliage with overturned vehicles and scattered debris.

An infant was killed in Barbuda while trying to escape a damaged building with its mother. Another two were killed when the hurricane struck St. Barts and St. Martin.

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