Hurricane Irma caused $1.4B in damages on French islands, insurer estimates

Hurricane Irma caused $1.4B in damages on French islands, insurer estimates

Hurricane Irma caused $1.4B in damages on French islands, insurer estimates

His plane brought water, food, tons of medicine and emergency equipment, doctors and recovery experts to an island demolished by the power of the Category 5 hurricane.

"The hardest-hit provinces are Camaguey, Villa Clara, Sancti Spiritus and to some extent Matanzas, the resort area of Varadero, which was directly in the path of the hurricanes and where all the tourists were evacuated", Richard Paterson, the Care organisation's representative in Cuba, said by phone from Havana.

According to Lazaro Guerra, technical director of the National Electric Company, the system was seriously damaged, as the meteorological phenomenon toured most of Cuba's north coast, where most of the thermoelectric power stations are located. Irma has weakened-it had already been downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit Tampa-but it continues to dump massive amounts of rain onto Florida and Georgia.

Dazed citizens like Yanmara Suarez surveyed the devastation in the historic old town of Havana, largely submerged by a wind-whipped tidal surge that left many people wading in waist-high water over the weekend.

More than 4,000 flights were cancelled on Monday, mostly out of Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa's airports.

Irma follows hot on the heels of Hurricane Harvey which devastated large swathes of Texas and Louisiana in late August.

"We felt the full force of the strongest hurricane ever in the Atlantic Ocean".

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The death toll in the British territories had climbed to nine, Duncan said, comprising five in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla.

Now, satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show aerial before-and-after images of Irma's wrath in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. The US Virgin Islands were also badly affected.

Britain's response to Irma has been criticised by some local inhabitants as too slow with some complaining about a breakdown of law and order and being left to fend for themselves.

Cluff dismissed criticism in the United Kingdom media of the British government's support for its overseas territories, where there were no evacuations despite the warnings. Once established, it will interconnect with greater agility the three points and its energization more quickly, Guerra said.

"I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this".

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defended his government's response to what he called an "unprecedented catastrophe" and promised to increase funding for the relief effort.

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