Hurricane Irma - updates

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Former U.S. presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter appear together, praising Americans for their willingness to help fellow citizens and urging them to do more

UNITED. (L-R) Former US Presidents, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama attend the Hurricane Relief concert in College Station, Texas, on October 21, 2017. Jim Chapin/AFP

U.S. House approves $36B for disasters including Puerto Rico

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:44 AM

The measure outlining 'supplemental' disaster spending passed 353 to 69, with all votes in opposition coming from President Donald Trump's Republican Party

RECOVERY. A Puerto Rico National Guard personnel shoves dirt from a damaged road in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico on October 2, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Anger grows over Puerto Rico relief effort

Sep 30, 2017 - 9:06 AM

'This is not a good news story,' San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tells CNN following oddly upbeat comments made the previous day by a top Trump administration official. 'This is a people-are-dying story.'

This US Navy photo released on September 29, 2017 shows Marines and Navy corpsmen assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), and Sailors assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) 2, conducting an assessment of Ryder Hospital’s medical and operational needs on September 27, 2017 during Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Humacao, Puerto Rico. AFP PHOTO/US NAVY/TOJEYA MATALLY/HANDOUT

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Sep 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a 'massive relief effort is underway'

TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

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BULLSEYE. Children play around a protest banner during an anti-government rally in Luneta on September 21, 2017. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

8 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:20 AM

UPDATED The nursing home deaths brings the total number of storm related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrates the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state

MEDIA HUDDLE. City officials and medical staff address the media outside of a rehabilitation center in the city where patients were found dead September 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Angel Valentin/Getty Images/AFP

PH to bring home 200 Filipinos affected by Hurricane Irma

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:06 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says more than 200 Filipinos from parts of the Caribbean have sought repatriation after Hurricane Irma

AFTER IRMA. A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defense (MOD) on September 12, 2017, shows the devastation of the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands on September 11, 2017, following the passing of Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Crown Copyright 2017/MOD/CPG George Eatwell

Residents return to storm-ravaged Florida Keys

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:24 AM

European leaders visited the storm ravaged Caribbean meanwhile amid criticism over relief efforts

DECIMATED. Debris from trailer homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma litters the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys, September 12, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Macron visits hurricane-hit Caribbean

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:22 PM

Macron s visit to the islands of St Martin and St Barts comes almost a week since hurricane Irma roared over the region as a maximum Category Five storm leaving at least 10 dead on French territory and a wide trail of destruction

AFTERMATH. A woman does her laundry amidst the rubble of her home in Marigot, on September 11, 2017 on the French Caribbean island of Saint-Martin that was hit by Hurricane Irma.  Martin Bureau/ AFP

Millions without power in Florida in deadly Irma's wake

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:07 PM

UPDATED Most of the Sunshine State however appears to have dodged forecasts of catastrophic damage despite dire early warnings

POST-IRMA DOCUMENTATION. A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

'Devastation' in Florida Keys as storm Irma weakens

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED Across the Caribbean hard hit residents struggle to get back on their feet as Britain France the Netherlands and the United States ramp up relief efforts for their overseas territories

POST-IRMA. A man looks at damaged boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, Florida, September 11, 2017. Saul Loeb/AFP

Irma weakens but 6.2 million without power in Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 8:48 PM

UPDATED Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it spun northward through Florida but forecasters warned of hazardous storm surges and some wind gusts to near hurricane force

HURRICANE IRMA. Palm trees blow in the wind as Hurricane Irma arrives into southwest Florida on September 10, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Irma weakens but continues to batter Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:52 PM

Irma is projected to become a tropical storm as it moves into northern Florida or southern Georgia

ASHORE. A boat is washed on shore at the Watson Island marina as Hurricane Irma passed through the area on September 10, 2017 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 11, 2017 - 12:50 PM

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British Virgin Islands premier pleads for long-term UK help post-Irma

Sep 11, 2017 - 9:32 AM

We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core

A handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on September 10, 2017 shows destruction in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands left by Hurricane Irma on September 10, 2017. LPhoto Joel Rouse / British Ministry of Defense / Crown Copyright / AFP

Hurricane Irma lashes Florida

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:41 AM

UPDATED Irma is threatening dangerous storm surges of up to 15 feet 4 5 meters enough to cover a house as it collides with Florida after sowing devastation through the Caribbean

PUMMELED. Palm trees blow in the wind as Hurricane Irma arrives into southwest Florida on September 10, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

St Martin, St Barts: Ravaged by Irma, spared by Jose

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Hurricane Irma kills 12 people on the two islands while flattening thousands of buildings and leaving authorities struggling to control looting

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Hurricane Irma: PH to repatriate Filipinos from British Virgin Islands

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:11 AM

Around 90 Filipino citizens have enlisted for repatriation from the Caribbean island a British territory due to the continued hardships they face in getting necessities and medicines

In a handout picture released by the British Ministry of Defence on September 9, 2017, Kit and equipment is transported on a RAF C17 to The British Virgin Islands as part of the UK Government Task Group deployment, which has been mounted to help those affected by Hurricane Irma. Cpl Timothy Jones / UK Ministry of Defense / Crown Copyright /AFP

Fierce Hurricane Irma slams into Florida Keys

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:28 AM

6th UPDATE Irma s roaring winds rip boats from their moorings flatten palm trees and tear down power lines

RISKY BEHAVIOR. James Sampero surfs in the churning ocean as Hurricane Irma approaches on September 9, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida is in the path of the Hurricane which may come ashore at category 4. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Irma weakens to Category 4 hurricane as it heads for Florida

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Irma is expected to strike the Florida Keys late Saturday September 9 and Sunday September 10 before moving inland

PREPARING. Cubans carry their belongings on September 8, 2017 ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, the only town in the Cuban north central zone under a hurricane warning. Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP

5.6M Floridians ordered to evacuate as Irma closes in – emergency officials

Sep 09, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Irma regains strength as a Category 5 storm and is now swirling about 275 miles away from Miami packing maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour

DEVASTATED. A man walks on a street covered in debris after hurricane Irma hurricane passed on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot on September 8, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

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BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

PH team to help Filipinos in hurricane-ravaged British Virgin Islands

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED There are no Filipinos among the 21 reported fatalities due to the wrath brought by Hurricane Irma according to the Department of Foreign Affairs

DESTRUCTION. An undated handout picture acquired from the Facebook account of Hubert Haciski on September 8, 2017, shows recent damages on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, after it was hit by Hurricane Irma. Photo by AFP/Handout/Hubert Haciski

Looting, bad weather hamper Caribbean aid efforts

Sep 09, 2017 - 10:01 AM

Officials on the island of Guadeloupe where French aid efforts are being coordinated have suspended boat crossings to the hardest hit territories of St Martin and St Barts

AFTERMATH. A soldier of the French Gendarmerie chases looters as the run past the devastation from hurricane Irma, on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot on September 8, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Mass exodus in Florida as Hurricane Irma closes in

Sep 08, 2017 - 10:55 PM

UPDATED Warning that Irma would be worse than Hurricane Andrew which killed 65 people in 1992 Florida s governor says all of the state s 20 6 million inhabitants should be prepared to evacuate

CALM BEFORE THE STORM. A nearly-deserted beach after residents and visitors evacuated from Miami Beach, Florida, September 7, 2017, ahead of Hurricane Irma.  Saul Loeb/AFP

9 dead, 7 missing on French Caribbean islands – minister

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:20 PM

This toll should be treated with caution because we might still discover new victims that we haven t found yet Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says

GERARD COLLOMB. The new head of the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security) Laurent Nunez (L), listens to Interior Minister Gerard Collomb delivering a speech at the DGSI heaquarters in Levallois-Perret on September 8, 2017. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

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Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Barreling across the Caribbean the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

DEVASTATED. A photo taken on September 7, 2017 shows damage in Orient Bay on the French Carribean island of Saint-Martin, after the passage of Hurricane Irma. Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

Britain sends $15.7 million, ship to assist Irma victims

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:45 PM

We are pulling out all the stops to make sure that we can do our utmost to bring urgent assistance Alan Duncan a junior foreign minister tells parliament

SAINT MARTIN. A handout grab image made from a video released on September 6, 2017 by shows flooded streets and damage on the French overseas island of Saint-Martin, filmed from a terrace of the Beach Plaza hotel after high winds from Hurricane Irma hit the island. Photo by Rinsy Xieng/

Hurricane Irma shatters multiple records

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED The Category Five super storm has generated winds averaging 295 kilometers per hour 183 miles per hour for more than 33 hours longer than any cyclone of comparable power ever recorded

Hurricane Irma damage has left Dutch St Martin 'unreachable' – PM

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:15 PM

UPDATED The hurricane has devastated the island s airport and port leaving the Dutch part of the Caribbean island unreachable Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says

DESTROYED. An aerial photography taken and released by the Dutch department of Defense on September 6, 2017 shows the damage of Hurricane Irma in Philipsburg, on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. Gerben Van Es / Dutch Defense Ministry / AFP

9 dead as Hurricane Irma rips through Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:22 AM

UPDATED St Martin – a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife – suffered the full fury of the storm with rescuers on the French side of the island saying at least 8 people had died there

DECIMATED. A picture released by Facebook user Kevin Barralon on September 7, 2017 shows a damaged street of Gustavia on the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Barthelemy in the Caribbean following hurricane Irma. Kevin Barrallon / Facebook / AFP

'Devastation' as Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:17 AM

UPDATED Irma follows a projected path that would see it hit Puerto Rico the northern edges of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and eastern Cuba before veering north for Florida

Irma has 'caused major damage' on Caribbean islands – French minister

Sep 06, 2017 - 9:41 PM

The Category Five hurricane has blown the roofs off of buildings caused flooding and cut communications between Paris and the French run islands of Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin the French Overseas Territories Minister says

HURRICANE IRMA. A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows a view of the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, with the wind blowing ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. Photo by Lionel Chamoiseau/ AFP

Pope's plane detours to avoid Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Because of a hurricane the Holy Father s flight will take a more southern route and will enter the airspaces of 3 other countries Barbados Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago the Vatican says in a statement on September 6

DETOUR. Pope Francis poses for a photograph with journalists on an aircraft on September 6, 2017, as he travels to Colombia. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

DFA warns 153,000 Filipinos in the path of Hurricane Irma

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano advises affected Filipinos in the US to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety

PREPARING FOR IRMA. Costco runs out of water as people shop to prepare for Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017 in North Miami. Photo by Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

Monster Hurricane Irma makes landfall on Barbuda in Caribbean

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The eye of the rare Category Five storm passed over Barbuda around 2 am 0600 GMT packing winds gusting at up to 185 mph 295 kph the NHC says

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Irma is 'extremely dangerous' Category Five hurricane – NHC

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Irma is expected to make landfall along the string of French islands that includes Guadeloupe late Tuesday before heading to Haiti and Florida

Caribbean girds for Hurricane Irma's threat

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED The US National Hurricane Center said at 2100 GMT that the storm was packing top sustained winds of 130 mph 215 km h

DEADLY. Hurricane Irma nearing the Leeward Islands. Image courtesy NOAA

Leeward islands on alert, major Hurricane Irma churns toward Caribbean

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:10 AM

UPDATED A hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua Barbuda Anguilla Montserrat St Kitts and Nevis; Saba St Eustatius and Sint Maarten; Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy

Irma now a Category 3 hurricane in Atlantic – U.S.

Sep 01, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The storm is currently far from land but is heading straight toward the southern Caribbean to the area between the US island territory of Puerto Rico and South America s northern coastline

CATEGORY 3. Image from the National Hurricane Center at

Category Two Hurricane Irma forms in eastern Atlantic – U.S.

Aug 31, 2017 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days says the Miami based National Hurricane Center

HURRICANE IRMA. Image from the National Hurricane Center at