Satellite Images Capture Hurricane Irma's Devastation in Caribbean

Sir Richard Branson and his team rode out Hurricane Irma on Necker Isand

Sir Richard Branson and his team rode out Hurricane Irma on Necker Isand

Hundreds of United Kingdom troops and 50 police officers have already been sent to the British Virgin Islands after they were battered by the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean.

He is 55-year old Derek Ragnath, formerly of Mahaica Public Road near the police station.

At least 36 people were killed in the Caribbean when Irma - towering at its full Category 5 force - tore through Barbuda, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Martin and St. Barts, the Bahamas, Cuba and other islands.

"Governments - the United Kingdom in the British Virgin Islands, the US in the US Virgin Islands - need to do all they can to help people here who have lost their homes and in many cases will have lost their livelihoods after the storm", Branson wrote in his blog.

"We are making a big difference to the lives of these people". Many also live in wooden homes that are most vulnerable to a storm.

He said he is now coordinating recovery efforts through government agencies, aid organizations and media to help the islands in the region.

Two American tourists were enjoying a two-week trip in the British Virgin Islands when they were left stranded after Hurricane Irma.

Some residents just got back in their homes, and fishermen who lost their boats during that hurricane still hadn't fully recovered when Irma struck. Episcopal Relief & Development are also in contact with their church partners in the Caribbean and Florida, are ready to respond to emergency needs in the affected areas. Dutch news outlets showed the king touring the badly damaged Princess Juliana International Airport, which was named for his grandmother.

Speaking to MPs in the Commons, Sir Alan said marines from RFA Mounts Bay were used to "protect the Governor and everything else about law and order" after the storm hit on Friday.

He'll be visiting the most hard-hit places of the island before heading to the British Virgin Islands.

The commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Police said that while cell phone communication is working in Providenciales, the government still does not have communication with Grand Turk or any of the Caicos Islands (North, Middle or South) in the British Overseas Territory. But Irma has the potential to make landfall in Westminster because those suffering include Brits in the British Virgin Islands.

The billionaire has also challenged the whole world on the importance of an outpouring of solidarity with the islands most impacted: "Please send your donations to the british Red Cross".

The Florida Keys -- which according to the New York Times was hit the worst in the USA - has only just begun disaster assessment. Further advisors are expected to arrive across the islands in the coming days.

Asked why the United Kingdom had not airlifted its citizens out of the area before the hurricane struck, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "We are talking about a huge number of British citizens who are in the path of this hurricane, and we are doing everything we can to help them".

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