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Prime Minister of Barbuda/Antigua After Irma: ‘Unprecedented’ Destruction, Island ‘Barely Habitable’

In what is being described as a ‘storm for the ages’, or Donald Trump’s grande distraction, Hurricane Irma burnt through the island of Barbuda today, leveling most of the country. According to its Prime Minister, 95% of the buildings in the country have been damaged or destroyed. The damage was so extensive and ‘unprecedented’, he said the island is now ‘barely habitable.’

“Barbuda is literally rubble,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda told an interviewer with ABS TV/Radio Antigua.

“The entire housing stock was damaged,” Browne said after visiting the island. “It is just a total devastation.”

Irma is still sustaining winds at 185mph for 33 hours straight, a new record.

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30 comments

  1. joyous__ending

    Cruise industry remains intact. Floating islands for tourists.
    Island tourism will be desperate this winter for visitors, great time to go to one of the damaged destinations, spend money, maybe even buy some land.

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  2. sarcrilege

    There’s no free lunch. Gotta take the good with bad.

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  3. acehood

    Totally normal. Warmer ocean temps are just a coincidence.

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  4. cancel19

    That’s why I live on continents and vacation on islands.

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  5. ironbird

    That mustache is obviously racist.

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  6. Cricket

    Check out how far down the jet stream dips over North America. Based upon this, Irma is going to do a 90 degree north on the 9th and land at Charleston/Wilmington, not Florida.

    http://squall.sfsu.edu/scripts/namjetstream_model_fcst.html

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    • Cricket

      If these vectors are correct then Katia will be land on the Tampa/Panhandle coast of Florida.

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      • jonnybegood2

        hilsorical fact – tampa does not get hit by hurricanes.

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      • numbersgame

        Not sure what you are talking about: Katia is heading straight for Mexico City, the 10th largest urban area in the world (higher population than any US metro region).

        http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#Katia

        Irma is large and powerful enough that it will probably be just as bad for Floridians if it doesn’t land there. For starters, the wind field covers a huge area. Also, if it skirts the coast, then it will also be able to suck up more warm water (helping it stay strong) and cause more of a storm surge.

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        • Cricket

          Just noted that ‘if the vectors (of the above model of the jet stream) are correct’, the direction of Katia will be across the Gulf to the Florida coast.

          That same model predicts Irma to make landfall at South/North Carolina, and that it may brush south Florida along the way.

          Just speculation that the NOAA forecast may not be accurate. Interesting to see what happens between the two.

          This is based upon the fact that the jet stream, that currently dips way down to almost to the Florida border, will completely break up by the 9th.

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          • The Maven

            You fellers need to watch the video Ragin Cajun posted on his blog, regarding the FAIL that was the “expected storm track” of Katrina. Apparently, New Orleans had nothing to worry about.

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  7. The Maven

    Oh no! Mar-A-Lago! :-O

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