Hurricane Leaves Island Vacant

Posted by on Saturday, September 16, 2017

For the first time in over 300 years there is not a single person living on the island of Barbuda.

Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage when it made landfall on the island on September 6.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne stated that the Category 5 hurricane had destroyed 95% of the structures and vehicles.

Initial estimates showed that at least 60% of the island's residents were homeless because of the disaster.

All communications with Barbuda were down for a time; the storm had destroyed most of the communications system.

The roughly 1800 residents of the island have been evacuated to shelters in Antigua.

The Team

© Wx Centre