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Published on : Wednesday, September 6, 2017
St Barthélemy wears a piteous spectacle as many of the homes have been damaged and roofs have blown off.
The fire station is under 1 metre of water and fire engines are all out of service. Firefighters are taking refuge of the first floor.
At St. Maarten, the government offices have been partly destroyed and the island, too, like the other region has been robbed of electricity since 6 a.m. Police have reported many roofs that have blown off due to the hurricane.
Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm had hit the islands of St. Maarten and St Barthélemy after it made a massive landfall on the island of Barbuda with winds racing up to about 185 kmph. The French interior ministry has issued a high alert for the islands.
US President Donald Trump has asserted that his administration is closely monitoring Irma as it heads to Florida.
Irma has now emerged as an intensely powerful hurricane that has ever been recorded over the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. National Hurricane Centre has also cautioned the people of ‘potentially catastrophic’ impacts and requested for “preparations to protect life and property” as the storm approaches in full force.
On the other hand, the tropical storm Jose that is one of the important triggers for Irma is currently forecast to turn into a hurricane by tonight.
Katia, another tropical storm has already formed in the Gulf of Mexico.