September 7, 2017 / 5:55 AM / 3 months ago

Hurricane Irma kills at least six on French island of Saint-Martin

PARIS (Reuters) - Hurricane Irma, described as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, has killed at least six people in the French Caribbean island territory of Saint Martin, a local government official said.

General view of half-submerged vehicles, boats and debris in the flooded harbour as Hurricane Irma hits the French island territory of Saint Martin September 6, 2017, in this video grab made from footage taken from social media. Mandatory credit RCI GUADELOUPE/Handout via REUTERS

“This is not, by far, a definitive number...we have not explored all the parts of the island,” Guadeloupe prefect Eric Maire told reporters, adding the death toll was likely to rise in the next few hours.

Hurricane Irma had previously been described as a “potentially catastrophic” storm placed in Category 5, the highest U.S. classification for hurricanes.

Reporting by Matthias Blamont; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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