Hurricane IRMA: Virgin Islands

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Significant damage has been reported from the British Virgin Islands, where critical facilities, as well as homes, businesses and supermarkets, have been devastated. Sam Branson, son of Virgin businessman Richard Branson - who saw out the storm in a bunker on his private island of Necker - said "a lot of buildings" had been destroyed.

US president Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency in the US Virgin Islands, which were also struck. There were reports of extensive damage to buildings, and of land entirely stripped of vegetation. A public health emergency has also been declared.

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