World Powerful Hurricane Irma hits first Caribbean islands

10:42  06 september  2017
10:42  06 september  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Hurricane Irma is heading straight for Trump's Caribbean mansion

  Hurricane Irma is heading straight for Trump's Caribbean mansion President Donald Trump doesn't just have to worry about safeguarding the nation ahead of Hurricane Irma. Trump owns a multi-million dollar mansion on the Caribbean island of St. Martin -- and Category 5 Irma is heading straight for it. A hurricane warning is in effect for St. Martin -- a French dependency about 230 miles east of Puerto Rico -- and other nearby islands, meaning tropical storm-force winds could arrive within the next 24 to 36 hours. Trump owns the 11-bedroom gated mansion through a trust set up to avoid conflict of interests during his presidency. The trust has been trying to offload the beachfront property for months.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) - The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean . The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1 :47 a.m. Residents said over local radio that phone

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua — The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean . The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1 :47 a.m. Residents said over local radio that phone

In this GOES-East satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. © (NOAA via AP) In this GOES-East satellite image taken Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at 3:45 p.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma, a potentially catastrophic category 5 hurricane, moves westward in the Atlantic Ocean toward the Leeward Islands. ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean.

The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m. Residents said over local radio that phone lines went down as the eye passed.

The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 mph (295 kmh) and heading west-northwest on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend.

100 prisoners escape on hurricane-hit British island .
<p>Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine.</p>"We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI)," junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament.

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