The Hurricane Irma was a category 5 hurricane With wind speeds of 300 kilometers per hour (185 miles per hour), Irma now ranks as the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second most powerful in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, behind Hurricane Allen in 1980 that hit the latter two with winds of 305 km/h (190 mph). The storm has already made landfall on several islands including Barbuda, where people were told to seek urgent safety. May God protect us all, a statement from officials there said. is maked landfall in Florida the sunday, September 10, 2017.
A look at the impact of Hurricane Irma on individual countries and territories in the Caribbean as of Saturday, September 9, 2017:
One death was reported in the British territory of Anguilla, and there was widespread property and infrastructure damage. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency says 90 percent of government buildings and business structures were damaged as well as 90 percent of the electricity infrastructure. The airport runway has been cleared of debris. The British government was coordinating recovery efforts.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Irma damaged or destroyed an estimated 90 percent of the structures on the island of Barbuda, home to about 1,400 people. A 2-year-old child was swept to his death after the storm ripped the roof off the family's house.
A 16-year-old junior professional surfer in Barbados died Tuesday while surfing large swells generated by Hurricane Irma. Zander Venezia was surfing on the island's east coast when he drowned as the storm churned several hundred miles away, according to family friend and surfing instructor Alan Burke.
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Four deaths were reported in the British territory, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. The storm caused major damage to the largest and most populated island of Tortola, where video of the hillside capital, Road Town, showed the scattered wreckage of buildings and piles of debris. The emergency agency said there was a critical need for security amid instances of looting. Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson, who rode out the storm at his home on private Necker island, said entire houses disappeared and the area was "completely and utterly devastated."
There were no reports of deaths or injuries after heavy rain and winds from Hurricane Irma lashed northeastern Cuba. Seawater surged three blocks inland in the town of Caibarien and a provincial museum in the town was left in ruins. Officials said they had evacuated 880 people from the town and 50,000 people in the immediate area were without power.
About a million people were without power in Puerto Rico, which was spared a direct hit as Irma passed to the north. Nearly half the territory's hospitals were relying on generators. No injuries were reported.
ST. MARTIN/ST. MAARTEN AND ST. BARTS
French authorities reported nine dead in French St. Martin and St. Barts. Two dead were reported on Dutch St. Maarten, which shares an island with St. Martin. Property and infrastructure damage were extensive, totaling more than $1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion) alone on St. Bart's and French St. Martin, according to an estimate by France's public insurance agency.
The Dutch government estimates 70 percent of houses on St. Maarten were badly damaged or destroyed, leaving many of the 40,000 residents reliant on public shelters.
Authorities fear a housing shortage and a loss of the upcoming tourist season, which would devastate the economy in the months ahead.
TURKS AND CAICOS
The hurricane caused extensive flooding in the Turks and Caicos Islands, with the water reaching above the waist in some areas. Homes were damaged or destroyed across the most populated island, Providenciales, and a community known as Blue Hill on the northwestern side is "gone," Minister of Instructure Gold Ray Ewing said.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Four deaths were reported in the U.S. Virgin Islands and officials on St. Thomas said they expected to find more bodies as crews struggled to reopen roads and restore power. The hospital on St. Thomas was destroyed and the harbor was in ruins, along with hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses. Adrien Reinhardt said houses in her neighborhood were leveled, and many people had a week's worth of food and water. "Let people know: We need food, we need supplies to survive," she said.
"PANAMA COOPERA" OPERATION
Operation "Panama Coopera" is a system for coordinating international rescue operations and coordinating cooperation, humanitarian aid and transferring resources to and from the international community, placing it at the forefront of global dynamics in this area, allowing greater impact on the response emergency due to natural disasters in the Region and Worldwide from the Logistic Center of Distribution of Humanitarian Aid for Disasters in the Region.
A total of 20 thousand tons of aid will be sent, including food, medicines and household goods.
For this, the following forces will be sent to support the search, rescue, food supply, medicine, and medical care:
2 Global Hawk Drones of the Coast Guard
4 Global Hawk Drones of the Panamanian Air Force (FAP)
10 amphibious floats utility aircraft of the Coast Guard
6 A-400M Atlas of the FAP
14 C-212-300 / 400 Aviocar of the FAP and Coast Guard
20 Coast Guard Rescue Helicopters
15 CV-22 Osprey of the FAP
12 C-295 of the Airnaval National Service (SENAN)
19 Coast Guard vessels (Cutters and Patrol Boats)
1 Mistral class amphibious assault ships (LHD) (in rescue configuration)
1 Wasp-class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) (in rescue configuration)
4 Damen Stan Lander 5612-class Landing Craft Medium (LCM) (each with 700 tons of supplies)
4 Bacolod City-class Logistics Support Vessels (LSV) (each with 2000 tons of supplies and rescue vehicles)
16 combat ships for escort and search and rescue.
The Supreme Federal President also emphasized that:
"today the Panama Coalition initiated an unprecedented humanitarian assistance operation by establishing an airlift to send aid."
"The Panama Coalition deeply regrets the situation in the Caribbean and sympathizes with the victims of the recent Caribbean natural disasters, and as a nation of solidarity and aware of its responsibility in the Region, has decided to send aid and support to the Caribbean islands and nations affected by Hurricane Irma.
In addition, due to the earthquake that occurred in the federal states of Chiapas and Tabasco, all the National Guard divisions is in active service and alerted, also civilian rescue teams, the National Integrated Civil Protection Service (Servicio Integrado Nacional de Protecciσn Civil) (SINAPROC), the Border Guard (SENAFRONT) have been deployed, the National Guard, the Defense Forces and the FAP to help with the rescue and distribute the aid that will be provided by the Panama Coalition consisting of food, clothing, tents, medicines, medical aid, rescue and later aid in reconstruction of affected populations."
William Rodriguez I
Supreme Federal President