How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

Casey Dawson
September 14, 2017

Hundreds of United Kingdom troops and 50 police officers have already been sent to the British Virgin Islands after they were battered by the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

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

Ragnath's family members were not with him when disaster struck.

"This story is about the tens of thousands of people who have lost their homes and their livelihoods", Branson said after the storm. Though there are few cloud-free satellite images of the area so far, a NASA satellite captured natural images of the USA and British Virgin Islands before and after the storm. It moved on to Anguilla, St. Martin, St. Parts and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands before passing near Puerto Rico.

Boris Johnson has pledged to be there "in the long term" for British people whose Caribbean homes were ripped apart by Hurricane Irma.

British police officers will be deployed along with nearly 500 troops as part of the country's efforts to step up support to the Caribbean islands left devastated by Hurricane Irma.

On his arrival in Anguilla on Tuesday, which he will tour on Wednesday before travelling to the British Virgin Islands, Mr Johnson said it was "clear this place has been through an absolutely hellish experience". The government there said up to 90 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

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Already, 20 tonnes of United Kingdom aid has arrived in the region, including more than 2,500 shelter kits and 2,300 solar lanterns.

Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, after it had wreaked havoc along Florida's west coast.

British Virgin Islands: At least five people have died.

The Secretary will also see the relief effort at first hand, visit affected communities and meet local governors. Cruise lines have also activated humanitarian missions to the Caribbean island. Some islanders said they had been told that they could expect to be without electricity for months.

The foreign secretary said the UK's military presence on the islands was "really ratcheting up".

French President Emmanuel Macron is also visiting the region, and his trip to St Martin is expected to coincide with the arrival of a military ship carrying supplies.

"We have maintained and kept law and order on the BVI, which at one point, could have dramatically threatened the already unfortunate plight of those who had been hit by the hurricane", he said.

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