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Hurricane Irma Leaves Destruction in its Wake

Sep 7th 17

UPDATE, 9/12  

Miami, Florida, had been expecting the brunt of the storm, but Irma changed its eastern track to a more western one early Friday, putting Florida’s Gulf coast in a frenzy. Prior to making landfall in the U.S., Irma hit Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane on Friday night. CNN reports that Cuban State TV announced 10 hurricane related deaths on the island. In addition to Cuba, Irma hit Antigua and Barbuda, St. Maarten, Anguilla, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Turks and Caicos the hardest, according to CNN. The Bahamas, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Barths, and the Dominican Republic were also affected, but didn’t suffer as much damage.   


Following its destruction in the Caribbean, where, according to the BBC, nearly 40 people were killed, Irma was downgraded to a Category 3 and then back to a Category 4. It made its first U.S. landfall at Cudjoe Key in the Florida Keys, its eye passing just 20 miles east of Key West Sunday morning. It then continued up the Gulf Coast of Florida, weakening to a Category 3 storm and making a second Florida landfall in Marco Island, where it continued up the western side of the state. By nightfall, it had weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 miles per hour, reports The Times.   


At 400 miles wide, the storm’s winds extended to the Atlantic side, affecting many cities, among them Fort Lauderdale and Miami, which both saw flooded streets. As for the west coast, Florida’s governor told the New York Times, “We saw the remnants of the storm surge along the west coast, but I didn’t see the damage I thought I would see.” It seems that in Florida, the Keys received the worst of the storm, as FEMA told the media that 25 percent of homes there have been destroyed and another 65 percent suffered major damage. Utility officials told press that more than 3.3 million homes and businesses across the state lost power.  


As of NOAA’s latest update Tuesday morning, September 12, post-tropical cyclone Irma is bringing generally moderate rain to parts of the southeastern U.S. and Tennessee and Ohio Valleys.   


Head here for an update on the latest relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma. More footage of the aftermath below.  


Destruction in the Caribbean  


An aerial and on-the-ground look at Key West  


Irma’s devastation from space  


Images of Cuba  


M/Y Sierra Romeo  


M/Y Pipe Dreams  


Florida as Irma hits  


Storm surge in Brickell in Miami  


The sea rises in Miami  


Southbound Hillsboro Inlet Bridge  


Hourly updates from St Maarten  


ORIGINAL, 9/14  

One of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, Category 5 Hurricane Irma, with winds around 185 miles per hour, hit the eastern Caribbean this Wednesday. She continues to barrel through the Caribbean and toward The Bahamas, with a potential landfall in Florida this weekend as a Category 4 storm under a projected path toward the state’s eastern coast as of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 11 a.m. advisory on Thursday, September 7.    


The destruction this historic storm is leaving in its wake is devastating. Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated during Facebook Live that about 95 percent of the properties in the island suffered damage, calling it “literally rubble” and “barely habitable,” and that 50 percent of the island was homeless. The French interior minister Gerard Collomb told the press at least eight people had been killed in French Caribbean territory, and at least three deaths were reported elsewhere, according to the New York Times.  


Below, video and photo footage of the aftermath. Check back for more updates.  


Helicopter view over St Maarten  


Photos of destruction in St Maarten  


Hurricane Irma passing over Anguilla and St Maarten  


A 40M Yacht sinking in St Maarten  

Footage across all areas of the Caribbean hit by the storm  

Hurricane Irma: Damage in the Caribbean slideshow


Photo: SMN News   


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