Hurricane Irma that raged on the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean in the past days caused damage in the amount of US$ 10 billion. This figure was calculated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The hurricane of the highest category 5 also was the longest of this intensity. On Caribbean islands, such as Barbuda, St. Martin, and the Virgin Islands, it destroyed a number of houses and made the power, drinking water, and fuel supply systems collapse.
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