World Island of Barbuda 'literally under water' after Hurricane Irma

05:07  07 september  2017
05:07  07 september  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

Powerful Hurricane Irma hits first Caribbean islands

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Donate to to Hurricane Harvey relief. Hurricane Irma hits Caribbean island of Barbuda . Posted 5:12 am, September 6, 2017, by CNN Wire. In Miami, supermarkets and other stores were already selling out of water and nonperishable food. After declaring a state of emergency across Florida, Gov.

The Caribbean island of Barbuda has been almost entirely wiped out by Hurricane Irma , with "90 per cent" of all buildings destroyed. "It is a total devastation - Barbuda now is literally a rubble," he said. He also confirmed that tragically a child died after her mother tried to escape a damaged home.

In this picture provided by the Twitter account of RCI Guadeloupe, a flooded street is seen on the island of Saint Martin on September 6, 2017, after high winds from Hurricane Irma hit the island. Irma slammed into Caribbean islands today after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. - AFP PHOTO/RCI Guadeloupe/Rinsy XIENG © Provided by New York Daily News In this picture provided by the Twitter account of RCI Guadeloupe, a flooded street is seen on the island of Saint Martin on September 6, 2017, after high winds from Hurricane Irma hit the island. Irma slammed into Caribbean islands today after making landfall in Barbuda, packing ferocious winds and causing major flooding in low-lying areas. - AFP PHOTO/RCI Guadeloupe/Rinsy XIENG

The island of Barbuda is “literally under water” and “barely habitable” after nearly all of its buildings were destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told a local ABS broadcaster that one baby had died and about 60% of the population of about 1,800 is now homeless after Irma bore down upon the eastern Caribbean.

Cost of Irma to Barbuda seen at $150 million - prime minister

  Cost of Irma to Barbuda seen at $150 million - prime minister The "absolute devastation" wrought by Hurricane Irma to the Caribbean island of Barbuda has caused estimated damages of some $150 million, Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said on Wednesday. "This rebuilding initiative will take years," Browne told local television after a visit to the island, where he confirmed at least one person had died due to the storm.

Hurricane Irma first hit the dual- island nation of Antigua and Barbuda . "The island is literally under water . In fact, I'm of the view that, as it stands now, Barbuda is barely habitable," he said after flying over the island , home to some 1,600 people.

Hurricane Irma first hit the dual- island nation of Antigua and Barbuda . "The island is literally under water . In fact, I'm of the view that, as it stands now, Barbuda is barely habitable," he said after flying over the island , home to some 1,600 people.

The islands’ minister of foreign affairs reportedly toldthenetwork that more than 90% of buildings were destroyed by the Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds.

Browne promised that residents of Antigua, which has a larger population of around 80,000, would help their fellow citizens recover.

One death in Barbuda adds to two deaths in nearby St. Barts and St. Martin, according to the French Overseas Affairs Minister Annick Girardin.

The estimated cost of rebuilding Barbuda is expected to be at least $150 million, the beginning of what could be a devastating impact from the storm that has hit Puerto Rico and is now moving towards the U.S. mainland.

Authorities in Florida issued emergency warnings on Tuesday, with officials in Georgia and South Carolina following suit for their states’ coastal areas after forecasts showed Irma veering northward.

To reassure Cubans, a revered meteorologist returns to the airwaves .
As Hurricane Irma churned toward Cuba last weekend, residents on the island switched on their televisions and radios, hoping to hear a familiar, reassuring voice. No, it wasn't the words of Fidel Castro they awaited — it was theNo, it wasn't the words of Fidel Castro they awaited — it was the forecast of esteemed Cuban meteorologist José Rubiera.

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