Barbuda "Totally Demolished" After Hurricane Irma Levels 90% Of All Dwellings

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Having mauled the Caribbean island of St. Martin overnight, where this morning the French government said that the four "most solid" buildings have been destroyed, Hurricane Irma - now at 185mps for a record 33 straight hours - has just passed north of Puerto Rico, buffeting the US island territory’s capital, San Juan, with heavy downpours and strong winds that scattered tree limbs across roadways, but not before totally demolishing” the island of Barbuda, with 90% of all dwellings leveled, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

Browne said that Irma has unleashed "absolute devastation" on the island making Barbuda, home to some 1,800 people, "basically uninhabitable" with preliminary damage estimated at some $150 million.

He said that the island's communication network is 100% destroyed.

A before and after photo confirms the devastation:

"This rebuilding initiative will take years," Browne told local television after a visit to the island, where he confirmed at least one person had died due to the storm. A second storm-related fatality, that of a surfer, was reported on Barbados and the French government said at least two people were killed in Caribbean island territories of St. Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

Irma, with top sustained winds of 185 miles per hour (300 km per hour), was on track to reach Florida on Saturday or Sunday, becoming the second major hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in as many weeks.

While Irma’s intensity could fluctuate, and its precise course remained uncertain, the storm was expected to remain at least a Category 4 before arriving in Florida.

Irma is not alone, and as reported earlier, two other hurricanes formed on Wednesday. While Katia, in the Gulf of Mexico, poses no threat to the U.S. Hurricane Jose in the open Atlantic, about 1,000 miles (1,610 km) east of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands, could also eventually threaten the U.S. mainland, a third hurricane landfall on the U.S. in under a month.

According to Reuters, Florida emergency management officials, chastened by Harvey’s devastation, began evacuations days in advance of Irma’s arrival, ordering all tourists to leave the Florida Keys, a resort archipelago off the state’s southern tip, starting Wednesday morning. Evacuation of residents from the Keys was to begin Wednesday evening.

Ed Rappaport, acting National Hurricane Center director, interviewed on Miami television station WFOR-TV, called Irma a “once-in-a-generation storm,” adding that for Florida, “It’s the big one for us.”

Chuck Watson, disaster modeler with Enki Research, said in a note that "Irma is the kind of storm where you get thousands of lives lost. This is not going to be the big slow-motion flood like Harvey - this is a real, honest-to-God hurricane."

Late on Wednesday, the eye of Irma passed just north of Puerto Rico.

“The winds that we are experiencing right now are like nothing we have experienced before,” Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello told CNN. “We expect a lot of damage, perhaps not as much as was seen in Barbuda.”

At least half of Puerto Rico’s homes and businesses lost electricity by nightfall, according to a Twitter message posted by an island utility executive. According to the Miami Herald, Puerto Rico residents could be left without power for four to six months after Hurricane Irma grazes the island.

"There are going to be blackouts. Areas that will spend three, four months without electricity," Ricardo Ramos, executive director of Puerto Rico's energy agency, said, according to the Spanish-language news agency EFE.

On its current path the core of Irma, which the Miami-based center said marked the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, was expected to scrape the northern coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday. It was on a track that would put it near the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening.

Trump, whose waterfront Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, could take a direct hit from the storm, has already approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts. He spoke with governors of all three by telephone on Wednesday, the White House said.


Florida Governor Rick Scott said Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm that struck the state in 1992 and still ranks as one of the costliest ever in the United States.

Residents in most coastal communities of densely populated Miami-Dade County were ordered to move to higher ground beginning at 9 a.m. ET (1300 GMT) on Thursday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced on Wednesday. The evacuation orders will affect more than 100,000 residents, the Miami Herald reported. Miami-Dade has a population of 2.7 million.

Scott told a news conference in the Keys that 7,000 National Guard troops would report for duty on Friday, ahead of the storm’s expected arrival. Statewide emergency declarations were issued in both North and South Carolina, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency for six coastal counties in anticipation of Irma’s arrival.

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Cman5000's picture

That Storm is Racist. 

Mr Pink's picture

4chan already planning an invasion and a new Kekistan

curbjob's picture

Isn't  mom's basement  safer during a hurricane ?

peddling-fiction's picture

When the basement´s ceiling gets sucked up, probably not.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Should I be selling my Puerto Rican bonds?

Sanity Bear's picture

You should fax them to Paul Krugman

Mtnrunnr's picture

This is why we (scientists) have been warning people. keep calling us stupid though, the storms will get worse. Also, it's pretty funny that 'total destruction of communications' consists of one tower.

sincerely_yours's picture

Warning people of what? Like the ozone layer? Global Warming Scam?

Nope friend. God just showed you He's NOT dead.

MillionDollarButter's picture

"Levels 90%"

No.  Not according to the photos.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Clearly there is an urgent need for a new Department of Mainland Security.

Quick, better raise the debt ceiling!

Oh, look over there, squirrels! North Korean squirrels!

Mr 9x19's picture

better global EMP wiping grid than only usa preppers trunks full of sand bags & water bottles.


i want a global shitshow, i have my own list of people to mess with.

CuttingEdge's picture

A small point.

I predicted yesterday (and no, I am not psychic) that within 24 hours the MSM in England would be reporting another of those "Richard Branson near-death experiences" that come around every now and then like a virus.

Early hours of this morning:

Now Mr Branson, you attention-seeking cunt. Unlike the thousands of people horribly affected who had no fucking choice, you could have vacated days ago, and also have limitless resourses to repair any damage. So please. Please. Just fuck off and remove your ego from this situation. Cunt.

Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

jcaz's picture

A douchebag says what?

Oh no, two dead- including one surfer.  Dawinism is a bigger killer than this storm.

Go surfing this weekend.  Please.

N2OJoe's picture

Again we have to bail out Puerto Rico? Didn't we JUST do that a couple months ago?

Maybe it's time to either cut them loose completely or make them share in the whole shitshow, tax donkiness and all.

PhattyBuoy's picture

How come there are NO palm trees on this island?

No one planted a f'cking palm tree on the whole island ?

wtf !

Winston Churchill's picture

Galveston in 1900 is  the benchmark and before that the hurricane that destroyed the Spanish Armada.

Your ignorance is only rivalled by your zealotry in a false religion.

PhattyBuoy's picture


I would say Barbuda looks wet ... really WET ...

With NO palm trees !


bluez's picture

The ZH crowd doesn't do global warming.

How the fuck do I know if there's global warming?

And what the fuck could I do about it?

I am really going to get all hot and bothered about global warming.

After I watch this next porn flic.

Just give me five minutes and a tissue...

Sanity Bear's picture

> How the fuck do I know if there's global warming?

You're not qualified to answer that question. You'll need a High Priest of Applianclimatology to answer that for you.

> And what the fuck could I do about it?

Give your money to Goldman Sachs as fast as you can.

tmosley's picture

Global warming makes hurricanes move slow and forces idiots to prevent natural forest fires from clearing underbrush leading to firestorms.

The AGW god acts in some subtle ways.

BabaLooey's picture

Hey fuckstick.

Explain the 17th to 19th century storms that sank thousands of ships.....

WAAAY before your canard of "climate change".....

........................................................................................yeah.......SHUT IT.

Reichstag Fire Dept.'s picture

NASA says the sea levels have actually dropped around 2 inches...

...if you wanna believe those idiots! What do they know?!

TheRedScourge's picture

So CO2 is causing hurricanes? Where's the climate model supporting that?

Or is the real issue here that this hurricane is 0.3C warmer than it would otherwise be?

TheRedScourge's picture

Today, the Dow Jones dropped about 34 points. At that rate, the Dow Jones will be at zero in just 640 days! Oh lawd! CO2 gon kill us awl!

SubjectivObject's picture

aaaand, you won the bet

whad'ja win?

Arnold's picture

O'Bama stays another week at Necker Island and hunkers down with close friends.

GoldLion's picture

The need is for better laws.

Cloud9.5's picture

We have too many already that are selectively enforced for the benefit of the oligarchs.

HowdyDoody's picture

They are Nork nukular squirrels.

stinkypinky's picture

"A second storm-related fatality, that of a surfer, was reported on Barbados..."
Did anybody else catch that one? Fucking Awesome! Hurricane Irma is coming? Grab my surfboard!

shovelhead's picture

Dude!...Awesome pipes...Gnarly to the max.

Crash Overide's picture

When does hurricane Seth hit Washington DC?

Lockesmith's picture

To be fair, the ozone thing was genuine.


Anthropogenic climate change is a scam though.

Slack Jack's picture

Lockesmith @ Sep 7, 2017 7:10 AM "To be fair, the ozone thing was genuine. Anthropogenic climate change is a scam though."

That's funny; the genuine ozone thing was absolutely anthropogenic (caused by mankind) climate change. But anthropogenic climate change is a scam.

You were being sarcastic,.... right?

NoDebt's picture

Which, I'm sure, is what you said for the last 12 years when basically nothing happened, hurricane-wise that affected the US.  12 yrears of NOTHING and then we get the "I told you so" line?  Really?

You fuckers are almost worse than economists in your predictions.

- NoDebt (economist)


847328_3527's picture

How do left wing Marxist/Socialists live, the ones who tell YOU to work harder to hand out more welfare?



Richard "Billionaire" Branson Is Riding Out Hurricane Irma in His Wine Cellar

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder Virgin Group, is riding out Hurricane Irma in a wine cellar along with his team on Necker Island, a private Caribbean island he purchased decades ago.

DrLucindaX's picture

"Wine Cellar."

More like Deep Underground Military Base. Full of tortured little boys. 

stampman's picture

I'd rather be here.  Branson may end up holding down the bottom of the ocean.  Pushing his luck.

I want one of those infamous Virgin Airways mouth urinals.  Probably hard to get--it was probably a specal order.

They have sinks now where you lean forward over it against a pair of simulated buttocks dressed in red.  It takes some of the weight off of the feet.  Hopefully they are padded and not made of cold stainless steel.

bluez's picture




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shovelhead's picture

I watched a dog get cut in half with a sheet of metal roofing during a tornado warning. One minute he was running down the street...

The next, he wasn't. It was pretty gross.

I'd like to see that happen on screen to one of these inane "newscasters".

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

I'm reminded, once again, of my favorite attribution of a disaster to the global warming scam.

Ladies and gents, I am pleased to share once again scientific genius Danny Glover blaming the Haiti earthquake on Climate Change:

I can't get enough of this take.  It really does say it all.

jin187's picture

Global warming causes solar flares too. All that excess water vapor reflects sunlight back to the sun, causing it to overheat and eject matter in order to release pressure.

francis_the_wonder_hamster's picture

Makes perfect sense to me.  Pretty sure CAGW also causes volcanoes and meteor storms too, right?

shovelhead's picture

Whitey's cow farts are killin negro chilluns. Stop the Genocide TM madness.

Mtnrunnr's picture

Three 500 year events in 3 successive years in Houston would beg to differ. Also Sandy. They will get worse and it isn't just hurricanes talk shit all you want just move if you're on the waterfront