As Hurricane Irma continues to wreak havoc through the Caribbean on Thursday, at least 18 people are dead and many more homeless, The Guardian reports.
A St. Martin official said that “95 of the island is destroyed” and 70 percent of Puerto Rico households are without power due to the Category 5 hurricane, though the US territory has avoided the vast damage of other Caribbean islands. Still, the storm will likely further weaken Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, which was already in poor shape due to its ongoing debt and bankruptcy crisis.
In Barbuda, half of the country is now homeless due to the storm, according to Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda.
The storm, now slightly weakened, is projected to near Cuba on Friday or Saturday, according to the Times.
At its height, the storm spent more than 24 hours at 185 mph wind speeds, the longest time ever recorded for hurricane wind speeds that fast.
This monster storm is projected to hit Miami as a weakened Category 4 hurricane on Sunday morning.
In advance of that landfall, here are some of the astonishing images of the destruction the storm has caused in its path this week through the Caribbean.
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