13 September, 2017
Winds of 125 miles per hour whipped roofs clean off buildings, ripped trees from the ground and forced evacuations along the coast.
Havana was in recovery mode Monday, with crews cleaning away thousands of fallen trees and electric restored to a handful of neighborhoods.
France said 10 people died on St Barts and on its side of St Martin island, a joint French-Dutch territory where Irma left most of the 80 000 inhabitants homeless. Cuba is often hit by hurricanes that strike the Caribbean. He last spoke with them on September 5th, however his cousin told him they survived the storm. Flooding continued Sunday afternoon along the malecón, spreading into adjacent streets with waist-level water in some areas. He's with us now from Havana. We have not seen one police officer.
WERTHEIMER: The coast - the north coast of Cuba - all along that north coast was an encounter with Irma, as I understand it.
Branson and his family survived the hurricane on his private island, Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands.
The Cuban government prepared by staging emergency supplies and building equipment ahead of the arrival of Irma.
The Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin suffered the full fury of the storm.
There were no confirmed casualties in Cuba from Irma.
At least 10 people were killed as Hurricane Irma ripped through Cuba over the weekend, the country's civil defence organization said Monday.
Among the worst-hit areas were Havana, where at least seven bodies were recovered, and the coastal towns of Caibarien and Cojimar.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Barbuda was a "scene of total carnage".
Barbuda, Virgin Gorda, St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola are all almost 100% brown, with minor exceptions in some western areas of the islands that were sheltered by hills.
On Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron was scheduled to arrive in St. Martin to bring aid and fend off criticism that he didn't do enough to respond to the storm's wrath.
Evacuations continue on the island ahead of Hurricane Jose.
She said it was "alarming" that nearly a week had passed since the hurricane and Sir Alan was "still talking about the potential evacuation of British citizens". A clean-up operation is underway but around 60% of homes in the state are still without power.
"There is an endemic problem on the island, that preexisted this crisis, which is weapons", he said. The island is home to about 72,000 people. Branson posted photos on Twitter and Instagram showing the damage wrought on his island and wrote in a blog that climate change should be taken more seriously by governments. The U.S. embassy was pretty badly flooded and its fence was pushed over.
"The prison was breached, and over 100 very serious prisoners escaped", he said.
"Apart from the structural damage, there have sadly been reports of casualties and fatalities", he added. I'm still digesting. I can't even watch the news now.
MARTIN: And before we let you go, we understand that there is another hurricane behind Irma in the Atlantic. The island's airport has also reopened.
In the British Virgin Islands, expats and tourists have spoken of their shock at the extent of the damage.