How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

However as Caribbean leaders met to discuss the situation in the United Kingdom there was loud criticism of Britain's response to Irma.

On the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Stacey Alvarado described those left behind in the storm as "roaming like zombies".

Consequently, Hurricane "Irma" left 38 people dead in total.

The youngest to die as a direct result of Hurricane Irma was 27-year-old Yolendis Castillo Martines, killed when a balcony fell off a building and onto the bus she was traveling in.

Sir Alan said: "Over 500,000 British nationals, either residents or tourists, have been in the path of Hurricane Irma, which has caused devastation across an area spanning well over 1,000 miles".

Several other islands, including St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, suffered serious damage.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled Tuesday to the hurricane-hit Caribbean, rebuffing criticism over the relief efforts as European countries boost aid to their devastated island territories.

According to Lazaro Guerra, technical director of the National Electric Company, the system was seriously damaged, as the meteorological phenomenon toured most of Cuba's north coast, where most of the thermoelectric power stations are located. Her husband, who is still there, told her that residents and tourists are in shock.

How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands
How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

Johnson arrived Tuesday in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, where he met with some of the almost 1,000 military personnel sent to bolster relief efforts and security.

Millions of homes are without power in Florida, thousands of which are suffering severe flooding damage.

The UK parliament was told Tuesday that the prison breach posed a threat to the hurricane-hit British territory. "They had to set up militias and take turns defending themselves" against looters, she said.

He said: "We need to restore public order to Saint-Martin".

"I've never experienced anything like this before and I've seen a lot of natural disasters in my life".

"St. Martin will be reborn, I promise", he said.

To the east, in the Leeward Islands known as the playground for the rich and famous, governments came under criticism for failing to respond quickly to the hurricane, which flattened many towns and turned lush, green hills to a brown stubble.

Already, 20 tonnes of United Kingdom aid has arrived in the region, including more than 2,500 shelter kits and 2,300 solar lanterns.

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