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Caribbean islands feels wrath of Hurricane Irma

By Danica Coto

Heavy rain and 185 mph winds lashed down on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico's north-east coast last night as Hurricane Irma roared through Caribbean islands on its way to possibly reaching southern Florida.

The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever measured destroyed homes and flooded streets across a chain of small islands in the northern Caribbean, passing directly over Barbuda and leaving the island of some 1,700 people incommunicado.

France sent emergency rations to the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, where Irma ripped off roofs and knocked out all electricity.

The US National Weather Service said Puerto Rico had not seen a hurricane of Irma's magnitude since Hurricane San Felipe in 1928, which killed a total of 2,748 people in Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Florida.

"The danger of this event is like nothing we've ever seen," Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello said.

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