100 inmates have escaped after prison was destroyed by Hurricane Irma

French President Emmanuel Macron greets residents during his visit in St. Martin on Tuesday. Pool

"Just as in Superstorm Sandy, the training and equipment we receive in order to fight our nation's wars is what makes it possible for us to rapidly respond during homeland emergencies", said Col Andrew P. Keane, 108th Wing Commander".

Patricia Thomas said her sisters Cathy Ronan and Nadia Winter, both of whom are teachers on Tortola, were trying to leave the island with their children. "Every single floor was completely dismantled, so it's really luck of the draw that we picked the hotel that we did".

The Government has rejected the criticism, citing the sheer magnitude of the storm - the worst ever to hit the Atlantic.

'Over the coming weeks, we'll have to assess exactly what is needed. When they went to a port that is normally used for cruise ships, from where private charter boats were leaving for the US VI, officials told them not to board boats as they would not be allowed to land on the neighboring US territory unless they were American citizens.

Bender told CBSN they had contacted the US embassy and they were given a list of hotels that still had power.

As for their future plans, Bender said emotionally "we honestly don't know".

She told Britain's Press Association news agency that "people's "everything" is gone: Their businesses, their homes, their churches, their schools, are gone". They will be temporary until they can come home.

He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists".

The trip comes after U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp asked Cuomo to assess the ruins.

A third storm, Katia, made landfall late Friday north of Tecolutla, Mexico, as a Category 1 hurricane but had weakened to a tropical depression by Saturday morning, the hurricane center said.

Havana residents woke up Monday to a city still without power and some neighborhoods still under water.

The youngest to die as a direct result of Hurricane Irma was 27-year-old Yolendis Castillo Martines, killed when a balcony fell off a building and onto the bus in which she was traveling. "Houses are under water, cars are floating through the streets, inhabitants are sitting in the dark in ruined houses and are cut off from the outside world", he said. "I am truly heartbroken by this news".

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