Branson shares Hurricane Irma photos detailing destruction

Havana braces for floods after Hurricane Irma rakes Cuban keys

Troops have been called in from Britain and France to try and restore peace to islands across the Caribbean.

Dazed citizens like Yanmara Suarez surveyed the devastation in the historic old town of Havana, largely submerged by a wind-whipped tidal surge that left many people wading in waist-high water over the weekend.

At least 38 people were killed and thousands left homeless when the hurricane struck several islands in the Caribbean during September.

A timelapse video released by NASA shows Hurricane Irma's path over the course of ten days, from September 1 to the 10, in just 30 seconds. The hurricane caused unprecedented destruction in the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Barbuda, St Martin, St Barts, Puetro Rico, St Kitts & Nevis, and Haiti.

On the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents were lining up for food being dropped by American military helicopters.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander flew to St. Maarten, which shares the island with the French dependency of St. Martin, to see the devastation wreaked by Irma and express gratitude to relief workers.

According to Lazaro Guerra, technical director of the National Electric Company, the system was seriously damaged, as the meteorological phenomenon toured most of Cuba's north coast, where most of the thermoelectric power stations are located.

These are British people, these are British overseas territories and we will be there for the long term. Her husband, who is still there, told her that residents and tourists are in shock. The French have already deployed more than 1000 personnel to the Caribbean region in an aid-and-relief effort. He was set to travel on to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.

"The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped".

A death toll of 10 made this the deadliest hurricane to strike the island since Dennis in 2005, and authorities said that provisional figure could rise. Others said they felt abandoned by hotel staff and that looters had taken purses from guests.

Macron, who is due to visit Saint Barthelemy Wednesday, said he wanted to "disarm" St. Martin. "Well, we're about to get punched in the face".

"I have seen proper war as well as natural disasters before, but I've never seen anything like this".

Already, 20 tonnes of United Kingdom aid has arrived in the region, including more than 2,500 shelter kits and 2,300 solar lanterns.

Further advisors are expected to arrive across the islands in the coming days.

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