‘IRMA’ UTTERLY DESTROYS ISLANDS OF ST. MARTIN AND BARBUDA IN CARIBBEAN, SEVEN LIVES LOST
Catastrophic natural disasters are definitely upon us as the second hurricane we’ve witnessed in a matter of weeks totally obliterates two tiny islands in its wake. Called one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, with winds traveling at 185 mph and heavy rains, as of Wednesday the Category Five Hell-raiser named ‘Hurricane Irma’ had made its mark on the northern part of Puerto Rico and claimed at least seven lives as it ripped through the Caribbean; leaving the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda in complete rubble.
Officials say the French part of St Martin — a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife — suffered the storm’s full fury: killing at least six people and decimating nearly all of the dwellings. The island is divided between the Netherlands and France.
“It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,” top local official Daniel Gibbs said in a radio interview. “I’m in shock. It’s frightening.”