Hurricane Irma power-blasted St. Martin’s beachfront Princess Juliana Airport on Thursday as the storm continues cutting a path toward the Florida coast.
The world-famous airport is known for low-flying planes that buzz the heads of sunbathers on St. Martin’s beaches. The Maho Beach Cam captured live video feed of Princess Juliana’s destruction, as the camera is used to live stream airplane arrivals and departures.
Maho Beach Cam’s final video image, which was shrouded in gray as rain pummeled the airport, showed deafening wind gusts pounding vehicles, snapping trees, and twisting chunks of corrugated metal into knots. Nobody was killed at the airport, according to officials.
Irma, which is widely considered one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in U.S. history, pummeled several Caribbean islands, including parts of St. Martin, Barbuda, and Puerto Rico. It also left thousands homeless in parts of St. Bart, with local officials reporting that nearly 95 percent of the those islands have been completely destroyed.
Citizens in the Caribbean islands are preparing for another wave of storms on the horizon. Jose, which graduated from a tropical storm to a hurricane Thursday, is about 435 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is toting 150 mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Jose was originally considered much weaker than Irma, which wound a path of destruction through the Caribbean islands, but it has slowly gained mass while plotting a course for the U.S. Hurricane Katia is another major storm nipping on the heels of Irma and Jose.
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