These photos show how Hurricane Irma has trashed the Caribbean — and it’s heading for the US next

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A street in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Irma ravaged buildings and knocked trees into overhead cables.
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Hurricane Irma has spent the past day and a half wreaking havoc in the Caribbean. Irma is now a Category 5 storm, the strongest possible designation, and has featured wind speeds of 185 mph.

At least 10 people have died in the storm, dozens are injured, and thousands have been left homeless.

It has ravaged four countries in the region and is headed for more. Ultimately the storm is headed for the US. Its power is expected to diminish to that of a Category 4 storm, but it could still cause huge devastation.


Hurricane Irma first hit Barbuda, a tiny Caribbean island. It was more than 90% destroyed by the storm, as you can see from these local TV images.

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The winds were so strong they snapped this metal broadcast tower in half.

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Antigua, Barbuda’s sister island, was hit at a similar time. Here is the capital, St John’s, afterwards.


Saint Martin, one of the Leeward Islands, was next in Irma’s path, and was likewise devastated.


Then came the British Virgin Islands. This video shows the the “eye wall” — the most intense part of the storm — striking land.

Unmute the video to hear the intense sound of wind.

Off the charts: The BritishVirgin Islands take the eye wall of #HurricaneIrmathis afternoon. Video via Almira Arayata. pic.twitter.com/pVihIODM9W

#HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/pVihIODM9WSeptember7, 2017


After that the storm approached the US territory of Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rican Alexis Ramos stands on the beach in Luquillo, Puerto Rico, ahead of the storm making landfall there.
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The island is larger, and had a lot more photographers than the others, so there are more pictures of the storm in action.


The winds knocked down trees.

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A truck drives past fallen trees in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in the middle of Hurricane Irma.
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Waves battered ships at sea which couldn’t be brought back to harbour in time.

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A ship off the coast of Puerto Rico is smashed by waves in the hurricane.
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The winds made it tough to walk.

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A man in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, struggles to keep his umbrella up in Irma’s winds on 6 September.
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As night fell, flood waters swept onto the island.

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A house in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, which was flooded in Irma’s wake.
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Rescuers checked flooded cars in case anybody had not managed to escape.

No deaths have been reported on Puerto Rico so far.



As of early Thursday morning Irma’s death toll was 10: One on Barbuda, eight on St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, and one on Anguilla.

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Debris and fallen palm trees in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, after Irma made landfall there.
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Despite the obvious devastation, there were moments of beauty in the storm as well.

This photo was captured by US Air Force ‘Hurricane Hunter’ planes, which fly into storms to collect the data which informs forecasts and emergency responses on the ground.


And now Irma is headed for the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and then Florida. This is the Weather Channel’s latest prediction map.