Richard Branson shows what Hurricane Irma did to his island home

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

Mr Johnson's trip follows criticism that the Government's response to the devastating hurricane was slow.

The aid effort and recovery operation it is hoped will help people piece together their lives following the storm damage, which has now been downgraded from a hurricane.

Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction and deaths across the Caribbean and prompted large scale evacuations in the American history.

Authorities said the winds reached up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) per hour in Havana, with unprecedented storm waves from the sea.

He said: "This is a very big consular crisis and I am confident we are doing everything we possibly can to help British nationals".

The families of some British tourists stranded on St Martin have also complained that their loved ones are not being evacuated from the island. "That was more disappointing than the hurricane". We are very thankful for the prayerful support and we shall let you know what has transpired in those other areas.

Ms Elliott, 38, who was working overseas when the hurricane hit, said she fears her fiance and two young children may run out of supplies in the coming days.

But with an aerial photograph, NASA captured another indication of the storm's devastation - it changed the color of some Caribbean islands.

Small Caribbean islands smashed by Hurricane Irma are in a state of chaos and rising panic, with unknown numbers of dead and injured and many still missing or stranded nearly a week after the storm ripped through the region.

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Around 2,350 United Kingdom holidaymakers in Cuba are being evacuated by Thomas Cook.

Irma was churning towards the heavily populated Tampa Bay region, a zone seen as particularly susceptible to storm surges due to its geographical position and sloping land off the coast. Many residents had stayed put, hoping to ride out the storm.

Matt and Zoe Caveney, from Liverpool, were forced to spend much of their honeymoon confined to their hotel room at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

"I have never seen anything like this Hurricane".

James Stuart, who is on holiday in Orlando with his mother and brother, said they were "holed up helplessly" and the weather was "unbelievable".

Similarly, there has been damage caused across the 50 British Virgin Islands, and five people are known to have died.

"Right now as I type this, the U.S. Virgin Islands - the place where I was born and where I grew up - has been badly damaged by Hurricane Irma".

The French defence ministry also announced that a military ship, to leave France on Tuesday, would carry an additional four helicopters, 1,000 tonnes of supplies and be used as a "floating hospital".

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