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US Virgin Islands struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma

US Virgin Islands struggling to recover from Hurricane Irma

Recovery efforts in the Virgin Islands have been ongoing since Hurricane Irma made landfall September 6, sustaining winds of 150 mph for over four hours.

Just days after Irma slammed the island, St. Martin is under a hurricane watch again for the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Jose.

He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

"This was a big one but we are used to it", said Antonio as he read a newspaper on a park bench sandwiched between two fallen trees.

Irma hit St. Martin on Wednesday as a Category 5 storm.

Also hit hard was Cuba, where central Havana neighborhoods along the coast between the Almendares River and the harbor suffered the worst flooding. "We're focused on the relief effort for the people there".

Giving an update to MPs, Mr Duncan said five people had died in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla. He then toured St. Martin and St. Barts.

"This amount covers damages to homes, vehicles and businesses (including operating losses) that are covered by the natural disaster compensation scheme", CCR said.

The U.S. State Department said Saturday that 1,200 Americans had been evacuated from the Caribbean island St. Martin/St. Maarten, but almost 5,000 Americans remain on the island days after Hurricane Irma's destructive hit.

The UK's Foreign minister Alan Duncan told the British House of Commons that the convicts pose a "serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order" on the overseas territory.

Many of those evacuated from the decimated Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, including the British Virgin Islands (BVI), have been able to enter Puerto Rico, a USA territory to the west, but thousands are still trying to leave the storm-ravaged islands.

There also was widespread damage to Varadero, Cuba's main beach resort for foreigners.

"I can not describe or even imagine going through something like this again and to be on the verge of it again is absolutely terrifying", Bender said.

Other stars who have frequented the island include One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles, former US president Barack Obama, songstress Mariah Carey, musician Sir Mick Jagger and models Kate Moss and Rachel Hunter. Hundreds of thousands of people remained without power on Friday.