A look at the damage from Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean
A look at the impact of Hurricane Irma on individual countries and territories as it tears across the Caribbean:
One death was reported in the British territory of Anguilla, which also suffered extensive damage to the airport, hospitals and shelters. Ninety percent of the roads are impassible, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. The United Kingdom said Irma inflicted “severe and in places critical” damage to the territory.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
A 2-year-old child was killed on Barbuda as a family tried to escape a damaged home. About 60 percent of the roughly 1,400 people on the small, flat island were left homeless by the storm that damaged nearly every building. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the recovery would take months, if not years. Islanders were closely watching Hurricane Jose, which was threatening to strike the northeast Caribbean by the weekend.
The country was evacuating six islands in the southern Bahamas ahead of the storm. Islanders were being flown to the capital, Nassau, in what Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called the largest storm evacuation in the country’s history. He said authorities would not be able to help those caught in the “potentially catastrophic” wind, flooding and storm surge expected overnight Thursday.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Major damage to houses and commercial buildings was reported by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, who rode out the storm at his home on private Necker island, said entire houses disappeared and the area is “completely and utterly devastated.”
Waves smashed a dozen homes into rubble in the fishing community of Nagua, but the buildings were believed to unoccupied at the time. Several thousand locals and tourists were evacuated from coastal areas ahead of the storm. Authorities reported some flooding.
Evacuations were ordered in northern coastal areas, including the island known as Il de la Tortue. Haiti, which shares an island with the Dominican Republic, was expected to be spared a direct hit, but heavy rains could trigger dangerous floods. The impoverished country does not have the manpower to enforce evacuation orders, and it was unknown how many people left the most vulnerable areas.
About a million people were without power in the U.S. territory after Irma passed just to the north, lashing the island with heavy wind and rain. Nearly 50,000 also were without water Thursday.
Irma ripped off roofs and knocked out electricity to the French island of St. Barts. Video footage of the storm’s aftermath showed cars and boats strewn about the island. French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said most of the schools were destroyed on St. Barts and St. Martin and “we’ll need to rebuild both islands.”
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Prime Minister Timothy Harris said the country was spared “the extreme ravages” of the hurricane. Security forces carried out some emergency evacuations, and downed utility poles caused power outages in some areas. A damage assessment was to be carried out at the port before it reopened to boat traffic.
Five people were confirmed dead on the island of St. Martin, four on the side of the island under French control and one on the Dutch side. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said about 50 were injured. Officials said the toll could rise because rescue teams had yet to get a complete look at the damage. Dutch Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said instances of looting were reported and the Netherlands is sending an extra 50 police from Curacao.
TURKS AND CAICOS
The British territory urged coastal residents to move to higher ground as the hurricane approached Thursday. Officials warned the storm surge and large waves could raise water levels as much as 20 feet above the normal tide.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
At least four people were killed in the U.S. territory, where crews struggled to reopen roads and restore power. Officials described the damage as catastrophic. Two fire stations and two police stations collapsed. The only hospital in St. Thomas was wrecked, and patients were being evacuated to Puerto Rico and elsewhere.