Barbuda Is 'Barely Habitable' After Hurricane Irma

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - The government has confirmed one death on Barbuda caused by Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma battered Barbuda with 185 miles per hour winds around 2 a.m. local time Wednesday.

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, however, allayed some fears with a statement on the island in the wake of the storm.

Although the cost of the damage doesn't come close to that of Houston, Texas - which was valued at $180 billion - the chief-in-command added to fix the infrastructure and homes would cost around $150 million. "The guests in our hotels are all well", Browne said in a statement. "It is just total devastation".

But there's one person who is willing to step in to help rebuild the island, even if it's only because he has a vested interest.

Still, it's too early to say where exactly it could make landfall in the mainland U.S.

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Although the media has discovered information on the effect of the hurricane, communication with the island is hard as the means of contact has been reduced to nothing.

PM Browne said getting supplies delivered to residents of the island was "a challenge". "The island is literally under water". Six people in the French part of St. Martin were killed and a two-year-old boy was killed in Barbuda. The local population and all visitors to the island are safe.

In a report from The Guardian, the publication stated the island had been 95 percent destroyed. "I'm in shock. It's frightening".

Miami-Dade County ordered a mandatory evacuation for Thursday morning.

"If you're told to evacuate, get out quickly", Governor Rick Scott said Wednesday.

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