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Hurricane Irma Destroys Famous St. Martin's Airport (Photo)

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Hurricane Irma has destroyed the world famous St. Martin's airport on the Dutch side of the island. The event was documented from the Maho Beach Cam that would live stream the heart-stopping departures and takeoffs from the once-tranquil beach, now covered with debris and wreckage.

The webcam went offline shortly after showcasing the power of Hurricane Irma and recording its own destruction (video below).

“Hurricane Irma has taken us OFFLINE,” Maho Beach Cam personnel stated on their site.

The wind speeds hit a peak of 185 mph, according to Capital Weather Gang, and is considered to be the strongest in recorded history, as reported by The Washington Post.

The damage at Princess Juliana Airport has prevented aid from arriving in wake of the devastation.

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Dutch military officials are seeking to rebuild the airport as quickly as possible to allow supplies and aid to be flown into the island where it will be desperately needed. There has been widespread destruction but no deaths reported at this time. Dutch officials said they have planes that will be able to land at the airport, carrying food and water to supply the island’s 40,000 residents for at least five days, according to The Washington Post.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Irma left “widescale destruction of infrastructure, houses and businesses” and also left residents with no power, no gasoline and no running water, The Associated Press reported.

The famous tourist location is one of many in the path of the deadly storm as the island of Barbuda was wiped off the map -- it has been reported that 90 percent of the island's structures were destroyed and 60 percent of its residents are now homeless, according to the New York Post.

French, British, and Dutch military units rushed to assist in the Caribbean islands Sept. 8 following Irma's destructive force that has left 11 people dead and thousands homeless, according to the AP.

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As a hurricane that has led many to question the scale in which we categorize storms, according to The New York Times, the weight of the devastation will take months to be fully realized as the United States braces for impact. Irma is currently spiraling into the Gulf of Florida with wind speeds of up to 150 mph and is traveling at a speed of 14 mph. It is expected to hit the coast of Florida on the morning of Sept. 10, according to NOAA, which was reported by Express.

Sources: The Washington PostThe New York TimesNew York Post (2), ExpressAP / Featured Image: Todd Neville/Flickr / Embedded Images: Koninklijke Marine/TwitterNASA via Wikimedia Commons

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