“It was angry. That's what it sounded like to me. When the roof came off, there were these horrible screeches, this horrible noise. It was devastating, and we all had to run.”
Primrose Thomas’ home was destroyed along with 90 percent of the houses and buildings in Barbuda. Powerful hurricanes washed away coastal villages and pristine beaches, carrying off the belongings and life memories of thousands of people here and across the Caribbean.
Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, left catastrophic damage as it passed over Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti. Just a few days later, colossal category 5 Maria unleashed its fury on Antigua, Saint Barts, Anguilla, Saint Martin and the British Virgin Islands. Barbuda and Dominica were decimated.