Hurricane Irma Blacks Out Puerto Rico, Damages Nearly Every Building On Barbuda

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma has blacked out much of Puerto Rico as the dangerous Category 5 storm raked the U.S. territory with heavy wind and rain while staying just out to sea.

Authorities are also struggling to get aid to small Caribbean islands devastated by the storm’s record 185 mph winds earlier Wednesday.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says nearly every building on Barbuda was damaged when the hurricane’s core crossed almost directly over the island early Wednesday and about 60 percent of the island’s roughly 1,400 people are homeless.

He says a 2-year-old child was killed as a family tried to escape a damaged home during the storm.

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