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PHOTOS: Hurricane Irma cuts a path of destruction through the Caribbean

Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell says Hurricane Irma will hit Turks and Caicos Thursday night.

Hurricane Irma has landed in the Caribbean and left a path of destruction in its wake.

Images have emerged from Caribbean islands such as Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda that show the powerful Category 5 storm bringing heavy winds, high water and devastation.

Coverage of Hurricane Irma on Globalnews.ca:

Hurricane Irma first passed over Barbuda on Wednesday morning, bringing storm surges up to two-and-a-half metres high.

Antigua and Barbuda President Gaston Browne said the Hurricane left Barbuda in a state of “absolute devastation,” with 90 per cent of the island’s homes believed to be destroyed.

It then passed over Anguilla, St Martin, St Barthélemy and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands before rains started hitting Puerto Rico Wednesday evening.

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Here are some photos and video that show the force of Hurricane Irma as it battered the Caribbean:

Puerto Rico

Waves crash against the seawall as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017.
Waves crash against the seawall as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean on Wednesday, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017. Alvin Baez/Reuters
Members of the civil defense run as Hurricane Irma howls past Puerto Rico after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017.
Members of the civil defense run as Hurricane Irma howls past Puerto Rico after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017. Alvin Baez/Reuters
Members of the civil defense ride on a truck as Hurricane Irma howls past Puerto Rico after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017.
Members of the civil defense ride on a truck as Hurricane Irma howls past Puerto Rico after thrashing several smaller Caribbean islands, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico September 6, 2017. Alvin Baez/Reuters
A man drives through rain and strong winds during the passage of hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
A man drives through rain and strong winds during the passage of hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Carlos Giusti/AP
The heavy rains and wind of Hurricane Irma cross through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
The heavy rains and wind of Hurricane Irma cross through the northeastern part of the island in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Carlos Giusti/AP
High winds and rain sweep through the streets of the Matelnillo community during the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
High winds and rain sweep through the streets of the Matelnillo community during the passage of Hurricane Irma, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Carlos Giusti/AP

 

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British Virgin Islands

Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands September 6, 2017.
Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands September 6, 2017. Courtesy of Ron Gurney/Handout via Reuters

Antigua

A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Johnny Jno-Baptiste/AP
People recover broken parts of the dock after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.
People recover broken parts of the dock after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Johnny Jno-Baptiste/AP

Barbuda

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Saint Martin

 

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