September 7, 2017 / 5:52 AM / in a year

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.

Hurricane Irma, a record Category 5 storm, is seen approaching Puerto Rico in this NASA's GOES-16 satellite image taken at about 15:15 EDT on September 6, 2017. Courtesy NOAA National Weather Service National Hurricane Center/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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