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Three confirmed dead as Irma crosses Caribbean

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2017 | 5:08 PM
In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma could be seen approaching Anguilla on Wednesday. – AP

At least three people have been confirmed dead as the powerful Hurricane Irma continues to barrel through the Caribbean, causing considerable damage.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has reported one fatality on the island of Barbuda.

He says most of the housing stock in Barbuda has been decimated.

He has departed Antigua for Barbuda and is expected to provide an update from there.

France's overseas affairs minister has confirmed at least two people dead and another two seriously injured in its French Caribbean territories.

The category five hurricane is now passing over the northern Virgin Islands.

The most powerful storm in a decade, with wind speeds of 185 miles per hour, is also forecast by the US National Hurricane Center to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico, just north of the coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Hurricane Irma first hit Antigua and Barbuda, before moving on to St Martin and Saint Barthélemy.