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US military launches relief efforts in the Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Irma's destruction

British troops and police have been deployed to halt looting in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after Hurricane Irma struck the United Kingdom overseas territory at near full strength, killing at least five people and upending homes, yachts and offshore businesses.

She also suggested that salt spray whipped up during the hurricane may have coated tree leaves, disguising parts of the once-green landscape.

Johnson, who has dismissed the criticism from local residents and British tourists as "completely unjustified", will visit the affected British Overseas Territories, the foreign ministry said on Twitter.

The storm - which began as a Category 5 and is now down to a post-tropical cyclone - ravaged through smaller islands on its way to hitting Florida. One of the U.S Virgin Island's most popular beaches has been ravaged by Irma and homes and restaurants destroyed.

The prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda says 95 percent of the island's buildings are damaged.

Branson flew to Puerto Rico after the storm passed in order to further mobilize aid to the British Virgin Islands and assist in rebuilding plans.

He's now using his company to get help to the affected areas.

"I have never seen anything like this hurricane". "Well, we're about to get punched in the face". "Ports, including the airport are opening, but the priority is the military, supply goods and technical expertise, but we hope to resume operations soon", Jaspert said.

Branson, who has lived in the British Virgin Islands for the past 11 years, weathered Irma on Necker, his private island.

They wrote: "In Anguilla, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Turks and Caicos, our response still requires improvement and the arrival of HMS Ocean in two weeks' time will be later than any of us would wish". Dutch King Willem-Alexander visited his country's half of the island on Monday, telling Dutch national network NOS that the destruction was the worst he'd ever seen. French President Emmanuel Macron planned to survey damage on the French-controlled portion of St. Martin; the other side of the island, St. Maarten, is controlled by the Netherlands.

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