Hurricane Irma was an Atlantic storm rated at category 5 that swept through and made landfall in the US state of Florida in early September, 2017. Authorities say that Irma is the most intense Atlantic hurricane to hit the United States since Katrina in 2005. Death estimates have been put at 102 as at the 21st of September and unofficial figures with regards to the monetary estimation of the damaged caused by the hurricane has been put at $64 billion.
After causing major damage in Barbuda, Saint Barthelme, Saint Martin, Anguilla, and the Virgin Islands as a Category 5 hurricane, it had weakened to a category three by the time it made a second landfall in Florida. When the dust had settled (so to speak), there were 4 recorded deaths in the Caribbean and 58 in the United States. It formed on the 30th of August, attained a high of 185mph wind speed and dissipated on the 16th of September 2017.
The official estimates for the damages the hurricane cost the United States has been put at no less than $50billion. However, Florida governor Rick Scott said after surveying the affected areas “I thought we would see more damage” at the same time acknowledging the quantum of destruction done to the Florida Keys. Some deaths due to climbing falling trees and debris were recorded in South Carolina while some parts of Tennessee were without power.
With regards to the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda seemed to have been hit the most with an evacuation order put in place by the government for those remaining as well as delivery of food, water, generators and other necessary supplies by cargo plane from the United States in a bid to provide relief for those affected by the storm.