A look at the Caribbean islands hit by Hurricane Irma

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"Eye of Irma beginning to move slowly away from the coast of Cuba while weather is deteriorating in south Florida", where the hurricane is headed, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.

These are some of tweets seen online while Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands.

Hurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

With Hurricane Irma expected to make landfall and devastate Florida's east coast on Sunday, tens of thousands of people are attempting to leave the area through northbound highways, causing severe gridlock. Irma is expected to hit Cuba on Saturday, causing more damage to infrastructure.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe insisted that the government's support for Irma's victims isn't "empty words" and that it was "completely mobilized" to rescue and rebuild. Three people also died during the storm, including a Camuy resident who was reportedly electrocuted.

But the island nation caught a lucky break as Jose turned and missed both islands, Sir Ronald Sanders, ambassador to the United States from Antigua and Barbuda, said Saturday. The State Department said it intends to resume efforts to get U.S. citizens out when it is safe to do so. It has killed at least 24 people and has officials scrambling to bring aid on Sunday.

The Miami metro area could still get pounded with life-threatening hurricane winds.

"Our hurricane-proof door was bending in, it was warping. and the entire house was shaking like it was an quake", she said.

In the Dominican Republic, about 20,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm.

An AFP reporter said the deafening gusts of the wind were sweeping the province's main city Caribbean. Rivers in the mountainous region were flooding Saturday afternoon, and levels still were expected to rise, the governor said.

Hurricanes Katia (L), Irma (C), and Jose (R) over the Caribbean on 08 September 2017.

The Savannah River and western portions of the state are still in jeopardy of the core of a weakening storm passing directly over them.

The tropical storm warning which was in effect for Irma ravaged Barbuda and its sister island Antigua has been called off by the government of Antigua.

Whole neighborhoods have been turned-upside down on islands such as Barbuda, St Barts and the Virgin Islands. "They didn't even go on board, they just looked to the water line around the motor home" and declared it a total loss. Many residents there have been evacuated ahead of Jose.

However, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy continue with a tropical storm warning. "When they told me that", he said, "that's all I needed to hear".

"This amount covers damages to homes, vehicles and businesses (including operating losses) that are covered by the natural disaster compensation scheme", CCR said. And those most recent places are these other islands in the Caribbean.

The French relief operation has been one of starts and, for now, stops, but efforts to help those on the British Virgin Islands have only just begun.

However, there were no confirmed casualties in Cuba. "I am truly heartbroken by this news".

However, Jose will generate which will hit areas of Puerto Rico, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Hispaniola, and parts of the Bahamas which why surfing should be avoided. Residents of Providenciales have also reported power outages.

CNN's Leyla Santiago toured Barbuda on Friday and described "pure destruction".

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