Saturday 17 November, 2018

PHOTOS: Hurricane Irma’s impact on the Caribbean

(Photo from Facebook)

(Photo from Facebook)

Several Caribbean territories have been hard hit by Hurricane Irma, described as the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in Atlantic to make landfall.

A senator for the island of St Barts tweeted, “I am shocked by the monster that covers us... The island is devastated. It is apocalyptic, a lot of damage, many roofs destroyed.”

(Image source: Facebook)

Others have shared on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, photos of St Martin that show the island which is said to have seen a “huge storm surge which engulfed the island”.

According to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) the storm is on a path which expected to send heavy rains and winds over parts of the British Virgin Islands and the northern Puerto Rico.

A Hurricane warning has since been issued by the NHC, for the north coast of Haiti from the northern border with the Dominican Republic to Le Mole St. Nicholas.

At 1100 a.m. the NHC said that the eye of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 64.0 West.

Irma is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

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On the forecast track, the extremely dangerous core of Irma will move over portions of the Virgin Islands very soon, pass near or just north of Puerto Rico this afternoon or tonight.

Despite the destruction in some islands, there had been no fatalities reported up to the time of this report.

Hurricane Irma