IRMA UPDATE: 95 percent of one Caribbean island barely habitable (video)

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Hurricane Irma is living up to the warnings given by weather professionals who said it would be deadly and destructive.

The hurricane is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, with winds as high as 185 mph.

The storm hit the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday leaving a trail of destruction that may last for years.

The Category 5 hurricane absolutely leveled the small island of Barbuda.   Irma’s massive winds damaged 95 percent of the buildings.  The island is now described  as “barely habitable.”

“Barbuda right now is literally a rubble,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda told an interviewer with ABS TV/Radio Antigua.

“The entire housing stock was damaged,” Browne said after visiting the island of 1,800. “It is just a total devastation.”
Irma destroyed government buildings, tore roofs from houses and left islands without power or communications, according to CNN.

Irma has moved on its way to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.  Also in Irma’s path are the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands which will be hit on Thursday.  Florida is expected to be hit on Friday.

On Wednesday evening the number one trending video on Youtube was taken from a camera set outside a car rental in St Marteen.  The visuals and sounds are chilling.  See the video by clicking here.

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