by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/11/17, 10:59 am
At least 34 people died in Cuba and other parts of the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma blew through last week and into the weekend. The islands of Barbuda, Anguilla, and St. Martin reported what was then a Category 5 storm damaged 70 to 90 percent of their buildings. Foreign governments scrambled Monday to dispatch aid to the Leeward Islands and other hard-hit areas. Britain sent a navy ship and almost 500 troops to help people on the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Turks and Caicos. The U.S. government said it was sending a flight Monday to evacuate its citizens from St. Martin.