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GALLERY: Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc through Caribbean

GALLERY: Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc through Caribbean
Posted at 7:51 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 08:09:50-04

Hurricane Irma has hammered a string of northeast Caribbean islands, thrashing them with rain and winds of up to 180 mph, and leaving at least nine people dead.

The hurricane battered several islands, including Barbuda, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands, causing widespread devastation. Barbuda is barely inhabitable with nearly all its buildings damaged, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda said.

Puerto Rico was spared a direct hit, but it still got lashed by strong winds and torrential rains, leading to hundreds of thousands without power, officials said.