Study: Irma the most devastating Caribbean storm ever
Created : 17 November 2017
(Photo: St Maarten, after the passage of Hurricane Irma)
Hurricane Irma has been called the most devastating storm to hit the Caribbean and has cost the region over US$10 billion in damages.
According to a study by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, Hurricane Irma was the highest category 5 of the longest intensity to date and created widespread damage across the Caribbean.
The study, which was released in September 2017, showed the respective reports of damage in costs per Caribbean island.
Puerto Rico recorded the greatest cost in damages with an estimated US$800 million, with St Barts in second place with approximately US$780 million in damages.
Antigua and Barbuda, which experienced great devastation after Barbuda was decimated by the storm, registered US$215 million in damages.
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