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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Grumbleduke's picture

We are ALL a part of God, and will do FAR more working together

 

The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.

 

Genesis 11

 

MedTechEntrepreneur's picture

YAHUSHUA?  LOL....dont you mean,,,Yeshua? Or Joshua? Or Yehoshua? or better yet...Yeshu?   Yahushua...pftpftftftft

OverTheHedge's picture

I refer the Honourable Member to my previous  answer, which went like this:

I appreciate that Americans are special, and exceptional, but how hard is it to understand that solar eclipses happen every single year? At least 2, and up to 5 times each year. Are you saying that only an eclipse that is visible from the US is relevant, or that an eclipse visible from the US is a harbinger of terrible evil and death, bit all the others don't mean anything?

"This is a list of solar eclipses in the 20th century. During the period 1901 to 2000 there were 228 solar eclipses of which 78 were partial, 73 were annular (two non-central), 71 were total (three non-central) and 6 were hybrids. The greatest number of eclipses in one year was five, in 1935, and one month, July 2000, had two eclipses."

ttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_solar_eclipses_in_the_20th_century

From the above, you have 225 opportunities to have something awful happen just after an eclipse, or just before an eclipse, or randomly spaced between eclipses. On average, less than 6 months between eclipses, so a couple of months either way would be statistically significant, would it not, so on that basis, EVERY EVENT THAT EVER HAPPENED, IS BECAUSE OF AN ECLIPSE.

So sorry, but no. Just no. And God didn't do it either. Neither he, nor the universe, could give a shit

Cloud9.5's picture

Evil has always walked in the midst of us.  Serial killers, mass murderers and the slaughter of innocents is a story as old as history.  Prayer helps but do not suppose that just because you fell to your knees and found your Bible you are going to be spared the ravages of this coming storm.  Remember that the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  Do what you can to prepare, and await your fate with dignity.  More than likely you will come out of this alive, but do not be pissed at God if things do not work out the way you have imagined.  People have been miscalculating the date of the end times for a thousand years.  Try to be an asset to your community instead of a burden.  Help you neighbors and God be with you.  

THEBORG's picture

We are the BORG, We are the beast system that will consume the human race and your god. AFter all, your god chose to cheat on Joseph with Mary, therefore proving himself immoral and unable to be a legitimate god. He should have chose a nice single girl. We will alter your very DNA and are in fact in process now using CRISPR for self improvement. Your light will fade like a fart lit with a lighter!

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Observation: These pictures are very sobering. The people in this region are going to be really challenged in the days ahead.

abyssinian's picture

CNN? Babuda? Fake news!

CurveBall's picture

OT... Wondering why no reports here or on SHTF.com about the multiple CME's and the X10+ flare today.

mygameon's picture

Thinking the same thing. The x10 could have a serious CME chasing it and if massive will make IRMA a walk in the park. Ironically if true nobody would be able to go back and up or down vote this post.

Lizardking's picture

Rebuild at your own risk, no more handouts for the inevitable disaster zones. This includes all coastlines including entire pacific coast which is next in line for ms doom!

Dolus's picture

Not one storm shudder in Barbuda. The houses were made like crap. 

Caught_Fish's picture

It may not be the storm is racist, but I have heard not a word regarding Cuba.

If you listen to the broadcasts you would never know it existed.

oldguy1's picture

Nah man.... it's Rey Sis-Gender

quadraspleen's picture

that crane though...How many cranes were in downtown Miami again?

Buck Johnson's picture

I still say they shouldn't go to sleep on Katia that is in the gulf.  As of this morning it's stationary and it's a Category 1.  That thing could easily go north.

 

CPL's picture

OH NO...the offshore accounts and records.  Just all blew out to sea.  Looks like you're all flat assed broke now.

spdrdr's picture

Unless they've got some BitCoin!

aloha_snakbar's picture

The Birth of Bitcon

Two friends, Bob and Satosh are sitting around after an evening of consuming copious amounts of some especially wicked dank. Bob says to Satosh:

Hey Satosh... I have a genius idea

Yeah, what is it?

You know that app you coded...the one that churns out the useless SHA algorithms?

Yeah?

LOL...lets sell them as digital currencies!

Dude...you are fucking wasted, here, have another bong

No, seriously. We get that graphic artist you know create a slick image of a 'gold' coin, and then we can further confuse the rubes by telling them their 'coins' have to be "mined", as if they were real, physical metals!

Dude... you are insane! What kind of moron would buy something like that?

Bob: Oh... I dont know. Remember that now worthless token you paid stupid money for on WoW?

They sit there and stare at each other for a moment, and then both burst out into torrents of tear stained laughter

They are still laughing today.

The rest is history

"On a long enough timeline, the price of all cryptos drops to zero"

TheReplacement's picture

What a load of crap.

NSA Agent Dick:  Sir, I have figured out how to decrypt all of the communications we intercept.

NSA Boss Head:  Do tell Agent Dick.

NSA Agent Dick:  We create a "virtual currency" and convince all of the libertarian tech nerds out there that they can mine this stuff, get rich, and really stick it to .gov.  In reality we will be using their massive and distributed computing power to decrypt data.  They'll even pay for the electric.  We can even use this currency to track all of their illicit activity and if it ever becomes legit in the public's eyes then we can use it as a global system for tracking every aspect of their lives.

NSA Boss Head:  Well I'll be gobsmacked.  Do it!

NSA Boss Head then makes plans for a giant personal indoor pool and whore house to be built near Boise Idaho (no, you da ho) but we'll just call it an NSA data storage facility.

tmosley's picture

I'm sure you can prove that the hashing done in bitcoin mining works for other types of work.

I'm also sure that you can prove the ALL coin mining, not just the original bitcoin which has been thouroughly modified from its origin can be used for the same.

Surely you aren't just a moron talking out of his ass! 

sessinpo's picture

aloha_snakbar

"On a long enough timeline, the price of all cryptos drops to zero"

---------

Silly boy, crypto or not, everything drops to zero.

 

 

 

 

Doña K's picture

If you can sell a "pet rock" and become a millionaire, then you can definately sell bitcoin to the sheeple.

If you can buy Manhattan for trinkets, then you can sell bitcoin.

If you can tell people that there is a country named Burkina Faso and the capital is Ouangadougou and the laugh at you, you can sell bitcoin.

If you can tell peole that Budapest is actually two cities on either side of the Danube river called Buda and Pest and they say "Yea right" You can sell them any coin

If you can tell people that -40 degrees F is the same as -40 degrees celcius, and they say to you "impossible", you can sell them anything.   

If you can sell Obamacare to people relying on the stupidity of the American voter, then selling bitcoin is a walk in a park.

Place your bets

lincolnsteffens's picture

I think cryptos deserve a great attention grabbing catchy phrase for those trying to cure crypto fanaticism like...ummm.....aaaa..I know! It is the "Pet Rock Syndrome".

max_leering's picture

"hey, anyone seen my laptop?"

devnickle's picture

And ZERO access to it without electricity. The cheerleaders always forget that not so small detail. 

kbohip's picture

Not to mention no internet access for months for them.

Lizardking's picture

But what's the difference with any other currency when the lights go out. Everything becomes worthless so why not create a bubble with anything while the lights are still on. You think you'll be able to go to a bank and get your worthless cash out when the shit hits the fan. Bitcoin does when everything else dies. Only real value will be anything you can trade or barter with. Precious metals, clean water, food, shelter, security, weapons, knowledge of living off the land, medical supplies, ammo, flashlights, warm clothes, seeds, cannabis, etc etc.

Praeda2's picture

You forgot the one you'll be using, your ass, faggot.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

OH NO...the offshore accounts and records.  Just all blew out to sea.  Looks like you're all flat assed broke now.

Now the accounts are really, TRULY offshore accounts.

Praeda2's picture

8 upvotes. This must be funny and realistic to the broke, sister fuckers in the backwoods of murica. No am afraid all the records still exist just like, you're still a poor fag.

rockstone's picture

Lol.......And who wouldn't want everyone thinking that?

"Well....errrr. It's gone guys. You saw the pictures. You watch cable. It's gone. Couldn't be helped. Act of God!

Gone."

ET's picture

Hardened bomb shelters are the only worthwhile properties in that region.

spdrdr's picture

Don't forget about having plenty of BitCoin!

AtATrESICI's picture

I don't think the fine folks of the Red Cross are going to be able to make it through the storm's aftermath without lots of hookers and blow. Make a BTC donation at once.

tmosley's picture

Probably a good idea. If they had put all their insurance premiums into bitcoin over the last year, they could just walk away from that shithole and buy another one outside the normal storm tracks.

aloha_snakbar's picture

The Birth of Bitcon

Two friends, Bob and Satosh are sitting around after an evening of consuming copious amounts of some especially wicked dank. Bob says to Satosh:

Hey Satosh... I have a genius idea

Yeah, what is it?

You know that app you coded...the one that churns out the useless SHA algorithms?

Yeah?

LOL...lets sell them as digital currencies!

Dude...you are fucking wasted, here, have another bong

No, seriously. We get that graphic artist you know create a slick image of a 'gold' coin, and then we can further confuse the rubes by telling them their 'coins' have to be "mined", as if they were real, physical metals!

Dude... you are insane! What kind of moron would buy something like that?

Bob: Oh... I dont know. Remember that now worthless token you paid stupid money for on WoW?

They sit there and stare at each other for a moment, and then both burst out into torrents of tear stained laughter

They are still laughing today.

The rest is history

"On a long enough timeline, the price of all cryptos drops to zero"

AtATrESICI's picture

Poseidon will be HODLING their shit now if their wallet was on their home computer.

tmosley's picture

Always good to have backups.

wisebastard's picture

oh yeah....bitcoin will tottally get you good pot to smoke when the whole town is trashed....gtfo.....

spdrdr's picture

wisebastard, despite being wise, do you not recognise sarcasm when it punches you in the face?

tmosley's picture

It buys you an ariline ticket to some other island that you can then buy.

Miss Expectations's picture

El Morro in Puerto Rico looks sturdy.  I've been inside, it's remarkable.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--hrzpPSJUz8/TdvRfD-6lmI/AAAAAAAAAZ8/YrNFkp3KN-...

Oliver Klozoff's picture

If the grid goes down before Irma hits, well that would suck big time for Miami.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6TlvZ-Y4Ow

Yen Cross's picture

 I've never hear of " Barbuda".  Is that a newly built Chinese Caribbean sandcastle/island?

 


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Nobodys Home's picture

Ise was jus gonna say sumthin to dat uhfexx!

kbohip's picture

It's what Kanye calls Kim's fat ass.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Barbuda is right between Barbados and Bermuda.