Don’t forget about us: Irma’s desperate Caribbean survivors – CNN
Hurricane Irma was a Category 5 storm when it crashed through the Caribbean, leaving at least 36 people dead in its wake before moving on to Florida.
The storm carved out a path of devastation, leaving a trail of extensive damage in small islands like St. Martin/St. Maarten, the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, the British territories of Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.
Many islands are still assessing the damage, as they begin to pick up the pieces.
Elvis Burton, 57, was born in Barbuda but lived most of his life in the Bronx, New York. In 2005 he returned home. Irma was his first major storm.
Burton and most of the island’s 1,800 residents were evacuated on Friday to Antigua. Burton has not been able to return home.
Looking at pictures from the island, he said, “I think it’s going to take a long time for Barbuda to get back on its foot. Everything is completely destroyed.”
“Most of the people left with just the clothes on their backs.”
“I want to get back because I want to start to rebuild. It’s sinking in, you’re feeling the impact of the hurricane. After a day or two you realize you have lost everything.”
Burton is staying with a friend in Antigua, while many others are in shelters on the island.
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