PHOTOS:Hurricane Irma Hits Caribbean


BALTIMORE (WBFF)- Hurricane Irma made landfall overnight, devastating parts of the Caribbean.

The Category 5 storm produced wind speeds of 185mph. The powerful storm flooded buildings, downed trees and shook homes.

According to the Associated Press Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda said the twin-island nation appears to have weathered its brush with Hurricane Irma with no deaths, though he noted that the government had only done a preliminary assessment of Barbuda.

There were widespread reports of property damage but he says the public and government had prepared well for the storm.

"We in Antigua have weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean," the prime minister said. "And we have done so with stunning results."

According to the Associated Press, by early Wednesday afternoon the center of the storm was 20 miles east-southeast of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and 90 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The U.S. National Weather Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irma's magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Florida.

The International Space Station's cameras captured Hurricane Irma as it made landfall in the Caribbean.

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