Just when you thought the damage from Hurricane Harvey couldn’t possibly be outdone, it seems the next big storm, Irma, has something to prove.
Irma has recently made landfall in certain areas of the eastern Caribbean and the damage thus far has been utterly devastating.
Keep in mind it seems this is headed for Florida, so the following images coming from St. Martin gives us a little taste of what we can expect stateside.
These images are from Facebook:
Here are a few details about the landfall via the NY Times:
Roofs were ripped off buildings and homes were flooded on the islands of St. Barthelemy and St. Martin as the eye of the storm passed overhead.
The French interior minister, Gérard Collomb, speaking on Wednesday afternoon after a cabinet meeting in Paris, said that authorities did not know of any casualties “for the moment.” But he added that the four “most durable” buildings on St. Martin had been destroyed.
“Which means that in all likelihood the more rustic buildings are probably totally or partially destroyed,” he said.
Images from St. Martin show flooded streets and boats tangled in the marina.
— RCI Guadeloupe (@RCI_GP) September 6, 2017
Power was out on St. Barthélemy and the roofs of many buildings were blown off, according to a statement from the prefecture on the French island of Guadeloupe, which is farther south in the Caribbean, about 40 miles away from Antigua and Barbuda.
The situation on St. Martin was similar: no power, the local fire station was flooded, and the local police station no longer had a roof. The island’s administrative offices were also “partially destroyed,” the statement from Guadeloupe said, adding that the staff had taken shelter in a concrete room.
As you can see, this hurricane is nothing to trifle with, so if you are in the Florida area, it’s critical you take the next few days to adequately prepare for the storm hitting the mainland.
This means getting supplies in an orderly fashion, and possibly evacuating if you haven’t already made arrangements to do so.
Our nation is facing unprecedented disasters as of late, which should give us all time to pause and reflect on the power of God and His sovereignty over all things, knowing that nothing happens without His say so and without being part of His plan.
Prayers to all those involved in the damage and for the safety of Floridians and anyone else who might be in Irma’s path.