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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Sparehead's picture

I thought he was the third guy that walks into a bar joke after a priest and a rabbi...

European American's picture

"I've never hear of " Barbuda"."

It's the Island where the worshipping of Buddha is not allowed..

Uncle_Cuddles's picture

Hillary and Bill are on their way for the relief effort, all is well.

SilverDoctors's picture

just sick even thinking about Bill and Hillary doing that in the wake of a Hurricane.  same type of twisted mindset as the people rushing to Houston to offer free abortions to anyone

813kml's picture

Shrillary got a whiff of devastation and desperation so the Clinton Foundation container ship, err mobile orphanage, should be docking within the hour.

GotAFriendInBen's picture

I'm losin' my mind!

I'm losin my mind!

 

 

Hurricanes do what hurricanes do

spdrdr's picture

I hope everyone who survived on Barbuda has plenty of fresh water, non-perishible foodstuffs, chemical toilets etc.

Oh, and lots of BitCoin, so they can buy the stuff they may not have.

White Devil's picture

Fuck their Bitcoin Shitcoins.

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"

devnickle's picture

I really hope this is sarcasm. Electrons have no nutritional value. 

Oliver Klozoff's picture

Brawndocoin!

It puts the Protein in Protons.

spdrdr's picture

Um, yes it is.  Congratulations - I have been down-voted to buggery...

Most of the down-voting couldn't possibly have been fonestar or mosley.

eurobug's picture

Yeah, you need some protons and neutrons too for a balanced diet. Electrons are like the vegans of the particle world.

ebworthen's picture

The Climate Change worshipers will say that humanity caused it.

Odd that they don't have a way to stop a hurricane, or:  a solar eclipse, volcano, solar flare, cancer...

rockstone's picture

It's worse. They think that if we do everything they say, we can stop it!

css1971's picture

Same people who used to cut hearts out over stone altars. Sacrifices to the gods.

Neodymium60's picture

Lets just hope the Clinton Foundation does not come in and destroy whats left.

MaxThrust's picture

"Lets just hope the Clinton Foundation does not come in and abduct all the displaced children for the global pedo ring."

There, fixed it for you.

wisehiney's picture

hey zuckerberg you fag!

dey be some niggys for you to hep out.

.gov ain't gonna have enough this time.

Yen Cross's picture

   I feel for all those souls, and wish them the best...

    Can you please check on Gilligan and the Skipper for me?

Infinite QE's picture

Save MaryAnne for me.

 

 

Cluster_Frak's picture

Blame on Trump in 3..2..1 and here comes Clinton Foundation to save the children in 3..2..1...

east of eden's picture

Climate change is a myth. We can do anything we want to the planet, at any time, in any quantity, and everything will still be fine.

 

/s

balz's picture

Always have been hurricanes. Always will.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Man made climate change is a myth.  "Climate change" has been happening for about 3 billion years on Earth.

SokPOTUS's picture

True.  Matter is neither created nor destroyed.

Yen Cross's picture

    Most people didn't take the time understand why Harvey stalled, and dumped so much rain.

     It was actually a cold trough of air that caused the jet stream to dip down and block the storms path.

Yen Cross's picture

Was that the resident spamtard  global warming pinhead?

  Hey Libtard spamtard look at the Eastern Pacific. Crickets---Crickets--- Crickets---   Dipshit!!!

Enceladus's picture

I just figured it was because he was from Mexico 

El Hosel's picture

Jet stream rules, you don't get the way outsized moves in weather when the jet stream is hanging in its normal hood.

Element's picture

 

 

schhh! ... don't tells zem!

http://joannenova.com.au/2017/09/unusual-pacific-cooling-means-la-nina-i...

http://joannenova.com.au/2010/06/the-deep-oceans-drive-the-atmosphere/

 

... and this honey can sing! ... sorries for St Martin though.

 

Sam Brown - Winter in a Troubled Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHcr0sahFoM

 

Betrayed by apathy most every day

With grey skies time and time again

The colour drains the darkest shadows pale

My eyes cloud over once again

A simple answer that I've never found

Some peace of mind to have or hold

A simple answer is it ever found

And do we really want to know

It's just a troubled soul

 

And as I pace across my bedroom floor

I have a thought I feel a pain

But that's forgotten in a moment

My eyes cloud over once again

The skies cloud over once again

A simple answer that I've never found

Some peace of mind to have or hold

A simple answer is it ever found

And do we really want to know

It's just a troubled soul

Winter in a troubled soul

 

Betrayed by apathy most every day

With grey skies time and time again

But I won't breathe a word for fear of rain

The skies cloud over once again

My eyes cloud over once again

 

Sam Brown - With A Little Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q4Bk0Is2Pk

 

Maybe that fixes it up a bit.

Yen Cross's picture

  Where have you been ?  Hope you're doing most excellent.  Very nice to hear from you.  :-D

Element's picture

Detoxing internet exposures  ;-)

Freedom = No-thinking

The last-trump is der master, never underestimate a non-thinking politician, the dumber they seem, the more you're already whipped.

 

~2 weeks ... be in the right coinage my friend

the_narrator's picture

Definitely a place to rent, not buy.

El Hosel's picture

That before and after shot looks like fake news... A road appears? ..... after the hurrcane? Red car?

 

Makes a neat "whats wrong with this picture".

 

Long dry stuff.

just the tip's picture

if you actually look at the two photos, one is taken from the ocean view, the other is taken from the house on the hill above the beachfront bar. not only the road moved but the ocean did as well.  try to keep up.

Bank_sters's picture

If Miami takes a direct hit.  Well, it's fucked.   

homiegot's picture

Long housing and hardware stores.

Anteater's picture

Not gonna happen. Use your eyes. The jet stream is moving

down very fast, pushing Katia south, and Irma north. Jose

won't even make landfall. No $100Bs. "Oh, the pornamity!"

Sadly, this will just make it harder for Houston to get funds.

One looming disaster pushes the other in the memory hole.

Trump will pimp DPRK so hard, you won't remember Harvey.

Then Mueller, the perp walk, his impeachment. No, my friend,

the poor folks of Houston will be long forgotten. Happy trails!

vincent's picture

As a veteran of storms I can tell you that there is no predicting this far out. Changes in path happen can happen quickly.

Yes, we are cheering for some jog to the east. No telling when it begins to turn sharply.

That'll be the difference between Miami's devastation vs. a large (not insignificant) wind event.

We'll call it a victory along the coast if we only see the western half make landfall.

I don't drink but I have lots of popcorn and propane

AbbeBrel's picture

Don't look now - well go ahead - @RyanMaue is suggesting that Jose might do a LoopyLoop and then go on to whack Miamia once again, sloppy seconds.

https://twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/905689235486887936

Praeda2's picture

Nothing of value lost. All nigs and Cubans. I want to see some large cranes crashing into buildings, I think that will be good. Probably give some Jew insurance cunt a heart attack.

shimmy's picture

"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.”"

Once in a generation storm...what about Andrew in 1992? I guess 25 years means another generation. Somehow.


Not My Real Name's picture

25 years is in the ballpark. A generation is the length of time between when a person is born and when that same person has kids of their own.