Like a 'Horror Movie': Hurricane Irma Brings Total Devastation to Caribbean

While at least one billionaire was able to safely ride out the storm in his luxury wine cellar, most residents of the Caribbean islands that took a direct hit from Hurricane Irma Wednesday described scenes out of a “horror movie” as the megastorm—the most powerful ever recorded in the Atlantic—came ashore, rendering the island of Barbuda nearly “uninhabitable.”

“Total carnage” is how Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, described the scene.

“It was easily one of the most emotionally painful experiences that I have had,” Browne said in an interview, adding that thousands of people have been left homeless.

The storm also directly struck St. Barthélemy, St. Martin, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

“Nearly a million people were without power in Puerto Rico after hurricane-force winds and torrential rain,” the New York Times reported. “Almost 50,000 people were without water.”