Published On: Thu, Sep 7th, 2017

Hurricane Irma has devastated Caribbean Island Barbuda leaving at least one person dead


Prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, described the island as “barely habitable” after the powerful struck early on Wednesday.

Leader Browne told state television after a visit to the island: “From my observation, having done an aerial survey, I would say that about 95 per cent of the properties would have suffered some level of damage.

“They would have lost at least a part of their roofs, some have lost whole roofs, some properties have been totally demolished, it is absolutely heart-wrenching.”

He said the storm had caused estimated damage of some $150 (£115) million.

Lying a little over 250 miles east of Puerto Rico, Barbuda has a population of 1,800 and is one of the Caribbean’s quietest getaways for tourists.

Barbuda is known for its pink sand beaches and in July 2011 it renamed a three-mile stretch of beach after the late Princess Diana of Wales, who was a frequent visitor.

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

An island resident who identified himself as King Goldilocks, 60, said he had been left homeless.

Mr Goldilocks said on ABS: ”Last night was the worst night of my life. We had minimal loss of life but we had maximum damage.”

Browne, who said earlier the damage had not been serious on Barbuda changed his mind after taking a helicopter to the island once the winds died down.

A second hurricane named Jose is forecast to become a major storm and pass close to Antigua and Barbuda on Saturday.

Browne said Barbudan residents should be evacuated if the second hurricane turns toward the islands later this week.

Hurricane Irma is 450 miles wide and is forecast to hit Florida overnight Saturday into Sunday.



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