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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ebear's picture

That's the old definition.  Today it's from the time they're born to the time they leave their mom's basement.

10mm's picture

A Pimple in the middle of nowhere. 

Dilluminati's picture

Somebody was correctly describing carribean construction, reinforced concrete, etc.. 


Horse Pizzle's picture

Chicken wire and plaster of Paris.

Boubou's picture

Since hurricane Louis 1995, Antigua builds in reinforced block and concrete.

Golden Showers's picture

Didn't you see the big fucking sign that said "Hurricane Xing"?

Far as I'm concerned, hurricanes have the right of way. Just think of it as wealth redistribution storms, or mobile recycling centers. What's not to love about that? Oh, people are all "green" till they get their house blown the fuck up by nature. Then they're all, "Why, Jesus?"

Puny mortals. You think that's bad, just wait 'till a real rain comes and wipes all the scum off the earth -Travis Bickle style.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

So what?


People who live in palm frond huts tend to rebuild fast.

UdderContempt's picture

In bushcraft ones learns to mend broken sticks for beams and supports, if one could possibly call them this in logical construction.

Buster Cherry's picture

What a fucked up thing to say.

Even more fucked up is that you got upvoted for your statement.

Boubou's picture

Yes, expecially because palm fronds are rare in Antigua. The resorts plant them for tourists to look at - otherwise the landscape is quite bleak.

Then lately we have had " lethal yellowing' - an incurable palm disease. I think it might have come from Trump's hair.

Not enough rain at all, and frequent storms.

Yen Cross's picture

   The storms that just swamp peoples out, are even more ruthless than the ones that just blow everything around and move out.

 It's all the displacement and diseases that destroys societies.  Poisoned food supplies, inability to access areas, frustration, ect...

 If you have a bomb like storm, that passes through fast, maybe you can salvage something. 

    I think the longterm damage from Harvey is going to be life changing for many thousands of peoples.

WillyGroper's picture

wouldn't doubt if there were some deadly gm mosquitos neatly woven into the deluge.

Kefeer's picture

Nah - it is sin that destroys man and the creation; all headed for the just wrath of God Almighty.  Things are looking very good according to the divine and on-time time-line.  JOHN 6:37


I wonder when Yellowstone blows a gasket; that will be a real shocker and unknown to anyone within 300 mile radius.

Horse Pizzle's picture

Barbuda looks like it was visited by a plague of Africans.

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Kendle C's picture

It's worse than Sharknado, it's HORRORCAINE!

El Hosel's picture

Welcome to Watertwisterville, have a nice day.

WillyGroper's picture

"for a record 33 straight hours"

another sick wink. 

given the "water bearer," i would not doubt after CA is burnt to a crisp, moonbeam succeeds in demolishing the oroville dam.

Matt Bracken lives in FL.  wonder if he's made tracks.

got 1 of these today...not a bad thing to have.

pparalegal's picture

After months of investigations by state employees and hired partners California government officials concluded mistakes were made at Oroville. By other people. Most all of which no longer work for a living. Hillary has nothing on Jerry Brown & Co.

Boubou's picture

Mistakes were mad, but none who made them. Politics foir you.

HRH Feant2's picture

Bracken is a smart guy. I'm guessing he had a plan, a back up plan, and a oh hell no plan on top of that.

WillyGroper's picture

i'm sure you're correct.

i always listen to him as he inevitably puts forth a scenario or two i hadn't thought of.

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

We can only pray this causes an economic and financial meltdown. This will destroy the Deep State. They're borrowing money to run this monster and we're slaves while the media system controlled from NYC lies and divides the nation.

If we have an economic and financial meltdown, the entire system, federal agencies, the military and the 17 intelligence agencies work for money. They're loyal to money not the country.

If they're not paid will they stand for America? Absolutely not. We do not have a country. It is a lie. We vote, they do the opposite. The military is not SERVICE to one's country, but common mercenaries.

There is no America, it is in your mind. Meaning, we were brainwashed to accept a reality which isn't real. A fairy tale lie. Now when we write the truth, then they try to call the truth fake news. It's over and one needs to wake up.

Jackagain's picture

They'll just sell more heroin, coke and children & their body parts.

Dealyer Turdin's picture

If you lived in the right neighborhood and the hurricane comes, you could just reach out the window.

If you like your arm, you can keep your arm.  -0 B ( ^ ) M (^)

RedPilledMAGAWarrior's picture

True, upvoted, but look into the fact that you can't leave the dome that encloses the earth. Seriously, go on YouTube and look it up. You cannot debunk it

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

Living on a caribbean island is awesome until the hurricane hits. Living in California is awesome until the earthquake hits. Living in Michigan is awesome until the snowstorm hits. Living anywhere is awesome until something happens. And something always happens.

consider me gone's picture

The majority of these sgetti models have this thing all but driving down my street. I'm becoming a wee bit concerned. 

Dealyer Turdin's picture

I already Consider you Gone if that helps.

UdderContempt's picture

Water is life until it comes at you at 180 MPH full of fecses. And no, vaccinations will not fire for effect.

rkoen's picture

Exaggeration.  The video shows some shingles blown off a few houses and few houses had partial collapses.  No "leveled" houses, and no way 90%.  What a crock.

Oliver Klozoff's picture

I'm still glad it's not me.

cherry picker's picture

News Media exaggeration, there fore no one can trust what it says.

I am questioning the 90% too.  Just like in Houston, they made it sound like the whole city was down and out and I read a few articles saying 80% is back to normal.  WTF

Buster Cherry's picture

The commute to and from work is hell because of the flooded avenues.

A lot of people lost everything, but you know, you just only know what you see on TeeVee.


floosy's picture

When we went through Wilma in 2005 there wasnt much structural damage to buildings (relatively speaking) but plenty of trees and power lines.  It still took 5 days to get running water back and then 3 weeks to get electricity back on.  In October in Southern Florida.   The place was full of Snowbirds wondering why they had mistakenly gone to Bagdhad for the Winter for months.

What I am saying is it doesn't take much structural damage to create utter chaos for a long time.

Boubou's picture

More like 90% damaged, with damage ranging from roof shingles to serious structural. The PM never said 90% destroyed.

My PM is s shifty bugger but not anything like  as much so a a US senator.

Many buildings and installations were not in great condition. 

RSDallas's picture

Russia did it! Seriously, may we all pray that God protects all those that end up in Irma's path.

silverer's picture

I think it was France.

Latitude25's picture

Just spent the last 3 days getting my boat out of the FL Keys and over to the Caloosahatchee River on the West side.  Total pandemonium.  The press are driving people into a frenzy.  I just follow the the ECMWF models for where this storm is going.  So far most accurate and a previous article by ZH alerted me to those models which were instrumental in my decision in where to hide out.  Still knocking on wood though.

Kefeer's picture

ECMWF on Irma - with a name like IRMA; you must be ugly.

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

The above URL has the most accurate three predictions. The track indicates the entire East Coast will be wiped from the face of the Earth. Then two more hurricanes waiting ready and able to launch secondary strikes. Target USA.

Yellowstone rumblings, LA porn center of the world on fire and now a Solar storm aimed right at the USA. This when the sun has been real inactive. We must pray the solar emp erases NYC electronic banking and stock accounts, destroys federal reserve electronic money.

This all happened after a coast to coast solar eclipse. And the name Irma means world.

The first Navy ship Fitzgerald was hit by the cargo ship Crystal which means brilliant light and the Navy ship name means rule by spear, 7 men were killed. This was Biblical.

The second Navy collision was the John McCain.

I wrote extensively about the Fitzgerald being a sign from God on my local newspaper. Later Facebook took over the comment section and erased everyone's comments. Now comments are being censored. No one is allowed to write about God or the Bible on Facebook.

God will bring the Deep State to it's knees.

dogismycopilot's picture

That is some crystal meth tin right there.

Can you give me another hit?

MK ULTRA Alpha's picture

Never done meth that's for those wanting to commit suicide. Just wait till you're choking your guts out in a ditch. Then come back and make smart ass jokes. This pos is on the edge of the abyss.

Just reporting observation but what do you give? a TV head drive by sound bite. This is typical of many shallow plastic Americans. You'll get what you deserve.

You feature an aircraft photo, ever been in the Air Force, I was and the Army too. Most Americans wouldn't lift a hand for their country without a large amount of money. I did it when there was no money, it was called service. Just wait till the mercenary dogs of war turn on you, then we'll see who is your copilot.

RedPilledMAGAWarrior's picture

Thumbs down. Why? Cus your link uses a globe model (face palm).

Can't be a biblical truth warrior without knowing the biggest lie of them all.