Hurricane Irma Rips Across Carribean
Category 5 hurricane Irma has caused major damages in the Caribbean.
Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico and other U.S. Virgin Islands with record winds of 185 MPH. The island of Barbuda had 95% of it buildings damaged and 60% of the islands population is now homeless. Floridians are preparing as Irma is expected to hit Miami within the next day.
“Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed almost directly overhead early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island’s roughly 1,400 people were left homeless.” Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told The Associated Press. He said “roads and telecommunications systems were destroyed and recovery will take months, if not years.”
More than 900,000 people are without power as authorities continue to struggle getting relief efforts to the islands. Over 1,000 flights through the Caribbean had been cancelled due to the hurricane. More than half the island of Puerto Rico was without power and nearly 50,000 without water, the U.S. territory’s emergency management agency said.
The U.S. National Weather Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irma’s magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people