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Where in the Caribbean did Irma strike?


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Destruction is widespread across the popular tourist region
Irma has now been downgraded to a category one hurricane, but it continues to batter Florida as it heads into Georgia and the Carolinas. Further south, islands in the Caribbean are picking up the pieces and counting the cost.
Sustained wind speeds of 290 kilometres per hour caused chaos on several islands, killing at least 27 people and leaving thousands homeless. Irma has caused more than $10 billion in damage, the BBC writes.
The dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was first to be hit, with 95% of buildings on Barbuda damaged and the island “barely habitable”, according to the prime minister. However, Antigua escaped major damage.
Next in line were St Martin, Saint Barthélemy and Anguilla. Around 60% of homes on St Martin are now uninhabitable and there is no power or drinking water. Anguilla has also suffered extensive destruction.
There was widespread damage too on the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands. It is still hard to assess as communications are down, but “many homes are without roofs or have been diminished to merely foundations”, according to the British islands’ tourism chief.
Puerto Rico avoided a direct hit, but waves of up to nine metres lashed the capital San Juan. More than half of the island’s three million residents are without power.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic were battered by the storm and floods but escaped major damage. On the Turks and Caicos, Irma ripped off roofs, flooded streets and broke utility poles. Power is yet to be restored.
And in Cuba, Irma battered the north of the island for hours, its storm surges partially engulfing villages and leaving areas as well as Havana without power.


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