Hurricane Irma: Where will it hit next?

  • ITV Weather presenter Becky Mantin on the path of Hurricane Irma, and the two other hurricanes in the Atlantic - Jose and Katia

The largest Atlantic Ocean storm on record is currently tearing its way across the Caribbean.

So far it has killed at least 22 people, including a two-year-old child, and injured dozens more.

The island of Barbuda has been completely flattened by Hurricane Irma leaving thousands homeless.

Bringing winds of more than 185 mph, Irma has caused severe damage in many of the region's island nations - and is due to hit mainland US on Sunday morning.

ITV News has tracked its path so far - and where it's believed to be heading next:


  • Antigua and Barbuda

The small islands of Antigua and Barbuda were the first to be hit.

Barbuda appears to have borne the brunt of Irma, with Prime Minister Gaston Browne declaring it "barely habitable", with almost all of its buildings torn down by the storm.

Around 60% of the island's 1,400 inhabitants have been left homeless.

A two-year-old child was killed as their family tried to escape the storm.

Antigua escaped any major destruction and there have been no reported deaths.

  • St Martin and St Barts

Boats were left stacked on top of each other in St Martin. Credit: Tele Martin

The French and Dutch-administered overseas territories have suffered severe damage.

Officials said the French part of St Martin had been "95 per cent destroyed".

Meanwhile Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said there had been "enormous material damage" to their part of the territory in the south.

At least 11 people have died on the island.

There have been reports of looting and gunshots.

The Eden Rock Hotel on St Barts owned by Pippa Middleton's in-laws is one of many luxury resorts to have been battered.

The Eden Rock Hotel is owned by the Spencer family - who are also Pippa Middleton's in-laws.
  • British Virgin Islands

Four people have been reported killed across the archipelago.

The hurricane as caused severe damage across the group of islands, including on Richard Branson's private residence Necker Island.

The billionaire decided to stay, and took shelter in his wine cellar with staff.

His son Sam Branson later said "a lot of buildings" had been destroyed but everyone was OK.

The governor of the islands said a state of emergency was in place.

  • Puerto Rico

Cars have been left underwater in Puerto Rico. Credit: AP

In Puerto Rico an estimated one million people have been left without power, and 22 hospitals are without power.

Aorund 17% also had no water.

A state of emergency is still in place there after Irma passed just north of the island causing heavy rains and flash flooding.

  • Anguilla

Damage in the British overseas territory is "severe, and in places critical" as it took the full force of the hurricane, the UK government has said.

Executive director of the Caribbean disaster and emergency management agency, Ronald Jackson, said that police stations, hospitals, schools and emergency shelters had all been flattened - though major holiday resorts are said to have survived.

So far, one person has died.

  • Dominican Republic

Buildings were damaged as Hurricane Irma hit the Dominican Republic. Credit: AP

Irma's strong winds and torrential rains hit the Dominican Republic damaging homes.

More than 5,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm.

There were no immediate reports of deaths but citizens were told to "not let their guard down" as "the worst isn't over" by emergency officials.

A couple survey their devastated house on the island of St Thomas after Irma ripped through the US Virgin Islands. Credit: AP
  • US Virgin Islands

Four people died as this group of islands felt the full force of Irma. The hurricane has caused "catastrophic" damage to buildings and roads.

A state of emergency and a public health emergency have been declared and a curfew put in place to prevent looting.

  • St Kitts & St Nevis

While "spared the full brunt" of the hurricane, Prime Minister Timothy Harris said there had been "significant damage" to property.

  • · Haiti

A child wades through flooding after Irma hit. Credit: AP

Haiti was also hit by the storm, with widespread damage but no fatalities reported.

Officials in the country, which neighbours the Dominican Republic, have ordered coastal areas to evacuate.

But reports suggest some residents have refused to move.

Oxfam has warned that between 500,000 and three million people could be affected as Irma passes through.

  • · Turks and Caicos Islands

The British territory saw the same trail of devastation wreaked elsewhere in the Caribbean as the storm landed on Friday.

Roofs were ripped off, poles snapped and streets flooded, according to reports.

The country's Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies on Grand Turk has warned residents living near the coast to take shelter on higher ground amid fears the water could rise by between 4.5 and six metres (15 and 20ft) above normal.

  • · Cuba

Palm trees are whipped by winds on the island. Credit: AP

Irma made landfall on Cuba with wind speeds of up to 160 mph as it returned to maximum strength.

Residents fled the area or sought shelter, as the storm blasted island with high winds and heavy rain.

Reports said that homes were destroyed and power lines ripped down, but no casualties were immediately reported.

The worst of the the storm has passed over Cuba on Saturday.

The storm uprooted trees and toppled electricity poles but there were no reports of any casualties. Witnesses said a provincial museum near the eye of the storm was in ruins. And authorities in the city of Santa Clara said 39 buildings collapsed.


The projected paths of Hurricanes Irma (left) and Jose (right). Credit: Google Crisis Maps

Google Crisis Maps has created an image showing where Irma is expected to head next.

It also shows the projected path of another Category Four storm - Hurricane Jose - which was thought to be on track to inflict more damage on the islands, but is now heading north, away from the Caribbean.

The cone represents where it is likely to end up, taking into account possible changes in direction.

Here is the predicted path Irma is expected to take:

  • The Bahamas

Residents stock up on water in the Bahamas. Credit: AP

Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis ordered the evacuation of six islands to the south of capital city Nassa ahead of Irma's arrival on Friday.

It was thought to be the biggest storm evacuation in the Bahamas' history.

  • Florida

Volunteers fill sandbags as they prepare for Irma to hit. Credit: AP

Irma began to lash Florida on Saturday night. The trajectory of the storm had shifted east and experts warn the eye of the storm could pass directly over Tampa. It previously looked like it was heading towards Miami.

Over six million people have been asked to evacuate - that's a third of the state's population.

Officials said if people did not evacuate they faced not being rescued.

Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said no one in Florida has experienced a storm with the intensity of what's now bearing down on the state.

He said those in low-lying areas who've been told to evacuate "need to get out and heed the warning."

With the state boasting 1,350 miles of coastline, there are around 2.5 million homes in the hazard zone - including many in expensive areas such as Florida Keys and Jacksonville.

All hospitals in Florida Keys were to close this morning, along with many beaches, hotels and shopping malls.