Hurricane Irma: Famous St Maarten Airport Pounded By Storm

Famous St Maarten airport destroyed by Hurricane Irma

"Hurricane Irma has taken us OFFLINE", Maho Beach Cam personnel stated on their site. Local officials say almost 95 percent of the islands' infrastructure, homes and resort communities have been demolished.

The island has been one of the worst hit by the hurricane.

"The damages to our resorts, however, are severe, as is widespread damage and destruction on our beloved island of Sint Maarten", according to the statement.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte earlier said the island remained unreachable, but officials hope that the runway at the Princess Juliana International Airport would be open for relief flights to land soon.

But the turquoise waters have become muddied, surrounding buildings torn apart and the sand where tourists once stood to feel the intense blast of a jet engine is strewn with debris.

The iconic airport has not been destroyed but authorities say it is now unreachable.

Britain also said the hurricane had caused "great devastation" in the British Virgin Islands, with foreign minister Boris Johnson saying London had sent teams there to distribute aid.

"Martin" target="_blank">told The Associated Press that at least one person was killed in St. Maarten as a result of Irma.

Hurricane Irma, still a Category 5 storm, is forecast to move to the islands of Turks and Caicosand the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday evening. It is expected to hit the coast of Florida on the morning of September 10, according to NOAA, which was reported by Express.

"The priority now is to bring emergency aid to the people ... consisting of sending food and water to 40,000 people over the coming five days", Dutch Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said.

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