Hurricane Irma: 10 dead, thousands homeless, more than 1 million without power

At least 10 people are dead, and more than a million don't have power.

Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction as it barreled through the Caribbean Wednesday night into Thursday, killing at least 10 people, damaging nearly every building on the island of Barbuda, and leaving more than a million people without power in Puerto Rico.

Ten deaths have been reported due to Irma as of Thursday morning, ABC News reports, with eight of those fatalities occurring in St. Martin and St. Barthelemy. One person died in Anguilla, and another in Barbuda.

The four sturdiest buildings on St. Martin were destroyed by the storm, the New York Times reports. Here's some video of the Category 5 hurricane at the island:

Barbuda was hit particularly hard by Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Prime Minister Gaston Brown said 95 percent of the buildings on the island were damaged by the storm, CNN reports. Cell towers and other communications service were also knocked offline. 

"Barbuda right now is literally a rubble," Brown said. Antigua, the larger island of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, was not directly hit.

Irma also brushed Puerto Rico. Here it is north of the island Wednesday evening:

High winds downed trees and damaged structures, and heavy rain led to significant flooding. There's a flash flood watch or flood warning covering the entire island.

And NBC News reports more than 1 million people in Puerto Rico don't have power, while 56,000 don't have safe water to drink.

Where is Irma now?

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Irma was off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, the National Weather Service said, moving northwest at 17 mph.

Where is Irma headed next?

The islands of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas are directly in its projected path.

Irma will continue heading that direction throughout the day, brushing up against the northern coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti (both are under a hurricane warning).

Late Thursday the eye of the hurricane will be near Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas, before reaching the central Bahamas Friday, the Hurricane Center says.

Irma might fluctuate in strength a bit, but the center expects the hurricane to stay in the Category 4-5 range, with winds of up to 180 mph with even higher gusts.

When will Irma reach the mainland U.S.?

Late Saturday, if things continue as expected.

The Florida Keys and southern tip of the state could see Irma hit by 6-8 p.m., with Irma then cutting north up the Atlantic coast of the state into Sunday, the National Hurricane Center says.

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