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Looters steal rare animals from zoo destroyed by Hurricane Irma

St Maarten, Caribbean Island: A number of animals, come of them endangered species, were reportedly stolen from a popular zoo in the Caribbean after it was ravaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Officials at St Maarten Zoo confirmed that at least six of their much-loved animals had been swiped following the storm. The stolen animals include five pythons and a rare blue macaw. They are currently fighting to rehome and protect hundreds of other animals at the site, which was home to at least 300,…

Here’s how Hurricane Irma hit Trump’s Caribbean estate

Hurricane Irma crashed into Donald Trump’s Caribbean estate and damaged the property on an extensive scale.  The storm crashed against the island of St Martin where Mr Trump owns a waterfront estate. The winds reportedly wrecked buildings, uprooted trees and overturned cars in the region. French officials who control the side of the island where Mr Trump’s property is located said the area “suffered serious damage” but did not detail the exact condition of Mr Trump’s estate, The Washington Post reported.…

Hurricane Maria bears down on storm-battered Caribbean

GUADELOUPE: Hurricane Maria barrelled towards the storm-battered eastern Caribbean and was expected to strengthen on Monday as it churned along a path similar to that of megastorm Irma earlier in the month. The new storm, which the US National Hurricane Center warned could become a "major hurricane", threatens the French territory of Guadeloupe, which was the staging area for relief operations for several islands hit by Irma. Guadeloupe was to go on "red alert" Monday with schools, businesses and government offices…

Six dead at Florida nursing home without power since storm

MIAMI: Six residents of a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma have died and more than 100 have been evacuated, officials said Wednesday. "It's a sad event," said Tomas Sanchez, the police chief in Hollywood, the city north of Miami where the retirement facility is located. "We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm," Sanchez told a news conference. Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statement saying he was "absolutely heartbroken" to learn of…

VIDEO: Hurricane Irma sucks away the ocean from Florida and Bahamas beaches

The destruction caused by Hurricane Irma is so powerful that it has temporarily sucked the ocean away from beaches in Florida and the Bahamas after it struck the US city. A picture was tweeted by a user last week with a caption: “Y’all my family in the Bahamas said Irma sucked up all the water. There’s literally no water. The beach and ocean are gone.” He sent out a follow-up video that showed how the water had retreated at a beach in Long Island, Bahamas. On Sunday, the National Weather Service confirmed the…

WATCH: Escaped prisoners loot shops after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in areas of the US and the Caribbean islands it struck and a footage has emerged from the Virgin Islands where escaped prisoners caused anarchy on the streets and sparked mass looting. Between 100 and 120 inmates were said to have escape a prison on the Virgin Islands after the building was partially destroyed by Irma. Power has gone down for 7.2million homes and businesses in Florida means that there has been looting in the US as well as on Caribbean islands. Meanwhile in the US…

VIRAL VIDEO: Meteorologist battles full force of Hurricane Irma to measure its wind speed

FLORIDA: A storm chaser jeopardized his life when he stepped out of his car and stood against the hurricane  Irma winds to measure its speed. Juston Drake, a meteorologist, was filmed stumbling backwards as he battled winds exceeding 100mph in Saddlebunch Keys, just off the mainland Florida. Wearing a paintball mask, which was quickly ripped from his face, Mr Drake is almost blown off his feet at points as he attempts to get a wind speed reading. The footage emerged as Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida, with…

Hurricane Irma hammers south Florida with high wind, rising water

FORT MYERS/MIAMI: Hurricane Irma lost some strength as it lashed southern Florida on Sunday afternoon, but forecasts warned it would remain a powerful storm as it flooded Miami streets and knocked out power to about 1.8 million homes and businesses. All of southern Florida was feeling the storm’s effects, with at least one man killed, a woman forced to deliver her own baby and trees and apartment towers swaying in high winds. The National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour…

Barbuda devastated after hit by Hurricane Irma

CODRINGTON, Antigua and Barbuda: Homes, shops and government buildings were destroyed when Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island of Barbuda this week, while a huge stretch of its once glorious 11-mile west coast beach has been wiped out. Destruction was so widespread that authorities have ordered the entire population of 1,800 to evacuate as Hurricane Jose approached the island over the weekend. By mid-day Saturday Jose, a Category Four hurricane, was tracking towards the north-west and no longer expected to hit…

Even Irma could not hamper delighted tourists’ plans to visit Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA: Not even a hurricane could keep tourists from the happiest place on Earth on Saturday. With Hurricane Irma looming over the entire state of Florida, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom remained open until 9 PM on Saturday night, well before the storm was expected to threaten the area but close enough to fray a few nerves. The four Disney parks — just southwest of Orlando — were due to shut down on Sunday and Monday, the company said in a statement, allowing guests, many of whom made plans months in…