In pictures: Irma ravages Caribbean

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image captionHurricane Irma has destroyed homes and businesses across the Caribbean. This is the scene on one street in Saint-Martin
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image caption"It is an enormous disaster, 95% of the island is destroyed. I am in shock," Saint-Martin official Daniel Gibbs said in a radio interview
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image captionIn the British Virgin Islands, winds and waves pushed boats against the shore
image captionA picture taken by the BBC's Laura Bicker shows the trail of destruction in Barbuda
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image captionHomes were levelled and power cables toppled on the French-administered territory of Saint Barthélemy
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image captionPowerful winds across the Dominican Republic left more than 100 buildings destroyed and 17 districts cut off, according to officials
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image captionIn neighbouring Haiti, many roads were blocked or damaged by the storm, hindering recovery operations
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image captionA British Army team arrived on the battered island of Anguilla to organise a relief operation
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image captionThe Dutch military released aerial pictures showing the devastation on Sint-Maarten
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image captionThese palm tree were ripped from the ground in Puerto Rico
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image captionResidents in Key West, Florida, have boarded up and left their homes under a mandatory evacuation order
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image captionSome shops in Florida ran out of bottled water and there are reports of fights breaking out between desperate shoppers

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