World Hurricane Irma: Damage mapped

19:52  11 september  2017
19:52  11 september  2017 Source:   bbc.com

Free walkie-talkie app tops App Store charts ahead of Hurricane Irma

  Free walkie-talkie app tops App Store charts ahead of Hurricane Irma With the Category 5 Hurricane Irma, now one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, on its way toward the Caribbean and possibly the southeastern tip of the US, a little-known walkie-talkie app has shot to the top of Apple’s App Store. The free app, called Zello Walkie Talkie, lets your phone communicate as a two-way radio so long as you have a network or Wi-Fi connection. What makes it useful is that it allows immediate voice communication to others in a shared channel, as opposed to having to place a phone call and hope someone on the other end picks up.

Hurricane Irma : Damage mapped . 12 September 2017. Interactive See how Codrington, Barbuda, has been damaged by Hurricane Irma . 8 Sep 2017. 24 April 2014.

Hurricane Irma : Damage mapped . 12 September 2017. Interactive See how Codrington, Barbuda, has been damaged by Hurricane Irma . 8 Sep 2017. 24 April 2014.

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The most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade has left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, affecting an estimated 1.2m people.

Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, reached the highest, category five status, and packed winds of up to 295km/h (185mph).

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NOAA Releases Interactive Damage Map . Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys, destroying as many as 25 percent of the homes on the islands as it ravaged the area during Monday's landfall.

The damage from Hurricane Irma is still being realized by Florida residents and responders to the destruction. The storm that first passed through the islands and then went on to Florida and north to the Carolinas was one of the strongest and longest sustained storms to hit the area.

The storm cut a devastating trail across 10 Caribbean countries and territories, killing at least 28 people there.

Cojimar, Cuba © Getty Images Cojimar, Cuba It is now moving up through the US state of Florida, where the worst damage is expected on the west coast.

Caribbean islands were worst hit

Images emerging from storm-hit areas show the extent of damage to island communities.

Barbuda

Hurricane Irma left the British overseas territory of Barbuda "barely inhabitable" according to the Prime Minister, Gaston Browne.

Aerial photography taken by the Dutch Department of Defensc on 6 September 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg: Aerial images show the container port has been wrecked by the storm © GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Aerial images show the container port has been wrecked by the storm

Most of the island's population of just over 1,600 live in the town of Codrington, where an initial assessment using satellite images appears to show most of the buildings have been damaged.

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Barbuda damage assessment © BBC Barbuda damage assessment

Some buildings have been completely destroyed and debris litters the town.

Tortola

At least five people died in Tortola, part of the British Virgin Islands. 

An RAF A400M transport plane arrived on Saturday, bringing dozens of soldiers to help kick-start the recovery process.

The airport has been badly damaged but the arrivals lounge is now being used as a base for the recovery operation.

Sint-Maarten

The island that comprises the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch section Sint-Maarten has suffered widespread damage. At least nine people have been killed.

Two hundred and fifty Dutch troops have been deployed to deliver aid, food, medical supplies and building materials - and to maintain security.

Aerial photography taken by the Dutch Department of Defensc on 6 September 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg: Debris is scattered across the marina © GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty Debris is scattered across the marina French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has said local authorities on the French side believed 95% of the houses there had been damaged, and 60% had been left uninhabitable.

Aerial photography taken by the Dutch Department of Defense on 6 September 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg: In the port area of Philipsburg, in the Dutch territory of Sint-Maarten, damage can be seen to low-lying buildings. © GERBEN VAN ES/AFP/Getty In the port area of Philipsburg, in the Dutch territory of Sint-Maarten, damage can be seen to low-lying buildings. One resident told the BBC the island looked as if it had been struck by a nuclear bomb, with roofs torn off many of the main buildings, including the hospital.

Cuba

Islands and Florida hit by the hurricane © BBC Islands and Florida hit by the hurricane

Hurricane Irma moved along the north coast of Cuba, causing significant damage to coastal communities and tourist resorts, cutting off power to large areas.

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