Incredible Videos Show Power of Hurricane Irma As Storm Rages Across the Caribbean
Hurricane Irma first made landfall on islands in the Caribbean on Tuesday. Since then, it has caused mass destruction.
At least 10 people have been killed in one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic.
Winds reached 185 miles per hour as the storm pummeled across northern Caribbean islands, including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda announced on Wednesday that 95 percent of the buildings on Barbuda were decimated in the storm.
The island, which is home to 1,600, has been rendered “barely habitable,” with 50 percent homeless, the prime minister told local news.
In Anguilla, damage from the storm was “severe and in some places critical.”
The famous Princess Juliana International Airport on Sint Maarten sustained severe damage. Sand washed up to the airport’s main terminal and parts of the building’s roof were blown off.
The airport is famous with plane spotters because the runway is adjacent to the beach.
A camera recording the scene at Maho Beach, Sint Maarten was ripped out of the ground and taken away with the storm.
The French government has said that it is still too early to quantify the damage sustained in French Polynesia, although videos from St. Barthelemy and St. Martin show considerable flooding and buildings razed to the ground.
In Puerto Rico, two-thirds of the population are without electricity and 17 percent remain without water.
Irma is still working its way across the Caribbean as a Category 5 storm.
The Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Bahamas remain in the path of impact.
The storm is expected to reach Florida by early Saturday. Governor Rick Scott ordered a mandatory evacuation for the state’s coastal areas.