Hurricane Irma struck the French Antilles on September 5 to 7, 2017. Following the passage of Hurricane Harvey, the Caribbean was struck by tropical storm Irma which had intensified to a category 5 hurricane, on September 5, just before nearing the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy. With wind gusts of over 300 km/h accompanied by a storm surge of 10 to 15 meters, certain sections of the Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy coastline were submerged and several homes and public buildings were affected while the electrical and communications infrastructures were destroyed. According to historical research conducted by CCR, the last time a category 5 hurricane caused this much damage in any of the seven territories of the French Antilles was back in 1891...
€ 1.97 bThe year-end 2017 estimated cost of insured damages (homes, vehicles and businesses including business interruption).
25,000Number of insurance claims.
Over 10 fatalitiesWith over ten fatalities and several injured, the human toll of Hurricane Irma was particularly heavy.
215 km/hWind gusts exceeded 215 km/h on the Saintes Islands and in the southern portion of Guadeloupe.