Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told ABS TV Radio in Antigua that the island was in 'total devastation' and has been reduced to 'literally rubble.'He added that the island, which is home to 1,800 people, was left 'barely habitable'.'The entire housing stock was damaged... Some properties have been totally demolished,' he said.
These starkly contrasting photos show how 185mph Hurricane Irma laid waste to Caribbean islands in a matter of hours.
Britain was sending hundreds of troops and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean to Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands.
St Martin also suffered the storm's full fury (above) with roughly 95 percent of properties damaged.
Eight people have been killed in the storm so far: Eight on the French/Dutch island of St.
A two-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm, Browne said.
In Anguilla, officials reported extensive damage to the airport, hospitals, shelters and schools and said 90 per cent of roads were impassable. Martin circulating on social media showed major damage to the Philipsburg airport and heavy flooding in the coastal village of Marigot.
Skies over the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, were still clear just after noon local time.
About a million people were without power in Puerto Rico after Irma sideswiped the island, but the damage was nothing compared to the smaller islands that were first hit by the storm.