Florida braces for storm as powerful Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in Caribbean [Photos]

Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday night,killing six people and destroying 95% of French part of Caribbean island St Martin

FP Staff September 07, 2017 14:36:39 IST
Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds on Wednesday, killing six people and destroying 95 percent of French part of Caribbean island, St Martin, as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Reuters
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Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds on Wednesday, killing six people and destroying 95 percent of French part of Caribbean island, St Martin, as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Reuters
Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed almost directly overhead early on Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island's roughly 1,400 people were left homeless. AP
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Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of the storm passed almost directly overhead early on Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island's roughly 1,400 people were left homeless. AP
The eye of the strom as seen from International Space Station. The storm also left 9,00,000 people without power in Puerto Rico. Facebook/International Space Station
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The eye of the strom as seen from International Space Station. The storm also left 9,00,000 people without power in Puerto Rico. Facebook/International Space Station
Florida declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as it rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph (298 kph) winds. Reuters
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Florida declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as it rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph (298 kph) winds. Reuters
By Wednesday evening, the centre of the storm was about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and heading west-northwest at 16 miles per hour (26 kilometer per hour). Reuters
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By Wednesday evening, the centre of the storm was about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and heading west-northwest at 16 miles per hour (26 kilometer per hour). Reuters
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has stationed more than 500 officials in Puerto Rico, and more than 450 shelters, which together can hold roughly 63,000 people. Reuters
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The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has stationed more than 500 officials in Puerto Rico, and more than 450 shelters, which together can hold roughly 63,000 people. Reuters