100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

John Rabin, an acting administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency region that covers the islands said there's "an very bad lot of work that is going to need to be done". About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state. "Houses just vanished. Half of the island has lost everything they have".

"Homes, 80 percent of homes are gone".

"That's not a priority because there's still people who need help", he said.

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. "We're focused on the relief effort for the people there".

President Donald Trump will travel to the Naples area as part of a visit to hurricane-damaged Florida on Thursday. More than 120 citizen-soldiers and 40 vehicles from the 253rd Transportation Company in Cape May arrived in the Orlando area on Monday to support Florida civil authorities.

About 443,000 meals, 270,000 liters of water, and one generator, along with other supplies, were transferred to St. Thomas and St. John, according to FEMA.

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67-year-old Branson wrote that much of the buildings and vegetation on his island, Necker was "badly damaged" or "destroyed" from Hurricane Irma.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp warned that it could take several weeks to restore full power and water to the territory as he angrily denounced people with "unrealistic expectations", an apparent reaction to complaints on social media and the radio.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, damage was particularly widespread on St. John, an island of stunning natural beauty that is mostly national park surrounded by coral reefs. Vann said he and other organizers want to drum up awareness of the island residents' plight.

"I think the scale of this hurricane is something quite unprecedented, but let me assure you, we are working hard now to bring relief to our own particular territories", Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told Sky News.

The Washington Post contributed to this article.

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