Over 100 Prisoners Escape On Hurricane-Hit British Island

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US Marines and Cuban police surrounded the area.

Two members of the FDNY disaster assistance response team and an American Red Cross responder from our area are heading there for a three week mission to feed and house Hurricane Irma survivors.

The U.S. State Department said Saturday (Sept. 9) that 1,200 Americans had been evacuated from the Caribbean island St. Martin/St. Maarten, but almost 5,000 Americans remain on the island days after Hurricane Irma's destructive hit.

The Cuban government prepared by staging emergency supplies and building equipment ahead of the arrival of Irma. At least 36 people have died as a result of the storm.

Elsewhere in the country, Irma struck the archipelago north of Cuba's Camaguey and Ciego de Avila provinces with gusts so strong they destroyed an instrument used to measure wind, Cuba's meteorological agency reported.

As Irma advanced over neighboring Ciego de Avila province, waves of between 16- and 23-foott waves (5 to 7 meters) were recorded. Many residents had stayed put, hoping to ride out the storm.

Across the Caribbean, hard-hit island residents struggled to get back on their feet as Britain, France, the Netherlands and the United States increased relief efforts.

The tiny island of Barbuda was perhaps worst hit. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the island was "literally under water", making it "barely habitable" in Irma's wake.

Fifteen were killed on St. Martin and neighboring St. Barts, 10 in Cuba, nine in the British Caribbean islands, four in the U.S. Virgin Islands, two in Puerto Rico, one in Barbuda and one in Haiti.

Macron's plane touched down in St. Martin as anger grew over looting and lawlessness in the French-Dutch territory after Hurricane Irma.

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A mother picking up her daughter, a survivor who flew to Paris on Monday, said government help was nonexistent on St. Martin.

Once Hurricane Jose has passed later Saturday, the Dutch will try to evacuate others including tourists desperate to flee the ravaged island, Rutte said.

All of the prisoners, however, were to be evacuated from the facility Sunday.

If necessary, another 150 will be deployed to the Caribbean, Rutte said. Have you been able to assess, for example, what percentage of the islands are without power, what percentage of homes were destroyed, things like that?

This one, in the British Virgin Islands, is open for business. Pictures from St. Thomas, the most populated of the US Virgin Islands and a popular tourist destination, showed extensive damage.

A close-up of Virgin Gorda gives a better sense of the changes.

"We must get more help to the islands to rebuild homes and infrastructure and restore power, clean water and food supplies", said Branson, head of the Virgin Group conglomerate.

She worries about the upcoming tourism season, especially with reports of severe damage to the all-inclusive resorts in Varadero, Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria.

"Can the minister confirm that when the Government sits down with their counterparts in the affected islands, the question of coping with climate change and future extreme weather events will be at the top of the agenda with financial commitments to match, not as usually happens, the afterthought which always proves too hard and too expensive".