New Video Shows Hurricane Irma Destroying Maho Beach in Sint Maarten
A video has emerged showing the devastating impact of category 5 Hurricane Irma which is currently ripping through the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean. The monster storm, considered to be the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has already wrecked buildings and caused severe flooding in a group of Caribbean Islands.
Included in the impact is Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the French/Netherlands island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten. The island has been ravaged by Irma, including its famous Princess Juliana International Airport which is known for planes flying low over tourist’s heads in a thrilling display.
Planes were ripped apart by the 295km/h or 185mph storm as sand and rocks from nearby Maho beach swept through the airport, a jet bridge was torn in two, and the check in lounge was destroyed and flooded. Additionally, there has been a total power blackout with debris littered streets and cars submerged underwater.
In Saint Martin, the prefecture building has been destroyed, and the fire station is out of order. Several roofs have also been blown off at the police station.
Irma first hit Antigua and Barbuda which locals described as “sounding like angry people banging on the shutter and roof while a freight train roared overhead.” Nevertheless, the damage in Antigua wasn’t as devastating.
After moving through Sint Maarten/Saint Martin and St. Barts, Irma is now headed to the Virgin Islands, where Virgin’s Richard Branson is planning on hiding in his Necker Island wine cellar. After passing through Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Orma with then hit Florida over the weekend; Key West is currently being evacuated per a mandatory evacuation.