Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown

Hurricane Irma Turns Caribbean Islands Brown

The British Virgin Islands is a self-overseeing A british overseas area with the Queen as its head of state.

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua - Strung like beads along the northeast edge of the Caribbean, the Leeward Islands are tiny, remote and lovely, with azure waters and ocean breezes drawing tourists from around the world.

Sir Richard was writing from Puerto Rico, where he said he is mobilising aid efforts and rebuilding plans for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the wider Caribbean. The aircraft were carrying 100 extra troops to deliver aid, fix infrastructure and restore order.

Around Barbuda and Antigua the sea looks totally different, this is likely because of differences in the surface of the water, with areas remaining choppy in the wake of high winds and storm surges (these appear lighter because rougher surfaces, full of debris, scatter more light and appear brighter and lighter).

Irma made landfall in Cuba late Friday as a Category 5 storm, blasting into seaside towns and causing flooding in low-lying areas of Havana.

President Donald Trump signed a disaster declaration for the island chain on September 7, a move that helped mobilize the federal help.

Federal officials deployed C-130s to evacuate USA citizens from the French Caribbean island of St. Martin to Puerto Rico.

Macron said 2,000 people have already been evacuated from St. Martin's French territory and new flights are going to be organized by the end of the week.

Irma passed the northernmost Virgin Islands on the afternoon of September 6. Through Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency had sent nearly 443,000 meals and 146,000 liters of water to St. Thomas and St. John.

Dutch authorities denied rumours on Saturday that dozens of prisoners had escaped after a prison collapsed on the Dutch side of Saint Martin - known as Sint Maarten.

Home to 1,800 people, the former British colony has been described as "barely habitable" with 90 per cent of buildings and cars destroyed or badly damaged.

The Royal Navy's flagship HMS Ocean left Gibraltar on Tuesday and will arrive in the Caribbean in around 12 days, laden with pickup trucks and more than 200 pallets of aid including timber, buckets, bottled water, food, baby milk, bedding and clothing. "Patients with life threatening injuries were evacuated to hospitals in Puerto Rico and St. Croix".

Irma also slammed the French island of St Barts, tearing off roofs and knocking out electricity.

The other two major islands in the USA territory, St. John and St. Thomas, are still "not safe", Smith wrote in an email Sunday.

The gift came as the Foreign Office confirmed that more than half a million British nationals and holiday makers were caught in the path of the mega-storm last week. Branson said he's using "a satellite phone" to give updates.

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