A look at the Caribbean islands Hurricane Irma is turning into a checkerboard of disaster - LA Times

Los Angeles Times| Thu Sep 07 20:01:17 EDT 2017
As the strongest hurricane on record headed toward South Florida, it first had to get past several small Caribbean nations. By Thursday, some had already been hit and badly damaged. Many of these nations were expected to need relief and assistance from the international community. Here is a briefing on some of the island nations in Irma’s path: They are sister islands separated by about 28 miles. Antigua has around 80,000 people, while Barbuda has just under 2,000. The nation is part of the former British Empire and gained its independence in 1981. The islands thrive on tourism and are known for their resorts, pristine beaches and rain forests. Irma struck Barbuda on Wednesday, damaging at l..

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