How strong was Irma? It changed the color of these islands

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson planned a trip to survey the Caribbean after family members of those stranded said their relatives were starving and alone.

Tom Thales is with a response team known as Serve On which has joined forces with Team Rubicon UK and the Royal Air Force in a bid to help islanders, thousands of whom have been left trapped with their homes destroyed.

Overnight, Irma was downgraded to a category 2 storm, but continued to wreak havoc along the west coast of Florida.

"After sharing these updates and talking to various governments, aid agencies and media, we will be heading straight back to the BVI to continue helping the recovery effort on the ground".

Following a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Saturday, Sir Michael said: "The relief operation is now well under way".

The Anglican Alliance has been making contact with affected dioceses to find out more and is ready to help those responding to the crisis.

The sea tempest murdered five individuals in the region and the BVI's chief has requested that the United Kingdom give long haul bolster.

More than 500 British troops are believed to be in the region, including 125 troops working with the local police on the British Virgin Islands, amid reports of looting.

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"Some of the islands devastated by Hurricane Irma rely heavily on EU money through the European Development Fund to support their infrastructural development", said acting committee chairman Lord Michael Jay.

Kate Osamor of the United Kingdom opposition Labour Party said Prime Minister Theresa May or Johnson should follow Macron's lead and "visit those most affected [and] look them in the eye".

He rebuffed criticism of Britain's response, saying: "We had RFA Mounts Bay in position in the region before the hurricane struck - it would have been totally absurd to bring troops in or bring heavy aircraft during the storm itself".

Premeir Smith, in the meantime, said: "I would like to encourage all property owners to work closely with their insurance agents and quickly file claims so we can restore the Virgin Islands to the pristine and scenic landscape we have all come to know and enjoy".

"We were there as soon as we possibly could". The storm will also damage the livelihoods of many on the islands.

Water levels are expected to rise between 10-15ft in the areas at risk. "With the storm's center passing to the north, the island sustained less damage".

Florida governor Rick Scott told reporters: "Take this deadly storm seriously".

"They had to move because it wasn't safe where they were staying", Karen says.

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