HURRICANE Irma has slammed into the Caribbean islands, sending water roaring through streets and forced locals to bunker down as it charts a course towards Puerto Rico and Florida.
The category five monster is the strongest Atlantic storm recorded in more than a decade and battered Antigua, St Martin and Barbuda on Wednesday with winds up to 295km an hour.
No casualties have been recorded, however footage on social media showed homes underwater and strong winds whipping islands.
It’s so powerful the storm has registered as seismic activity on some instruments and packs more power than this year’s previous eight storms combined, according to a US scientist.
The US National Hurricane Centre warned the “potentially catastrophic” hurricane will bring “life-threatening wind, storm surge and rainfall hazards” to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Emergency warnings are in effect across the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos with Cuba and Florida likely to be hit later in the week.
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