Irma leaves deadly, destructive trail in Caribbean

Irma, dubbed the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, had sustained winds up to 175 mph as it moved over Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti.
1:42 | 09/08/17

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Reporter: Tonight hurricane Irma bearing down on Turks and caicos. After leaving a string of caribbn islands in ruins. Buildings and trees ripped apart. This communications tower snapped. Hundreds now homeless. It was the worst time in my life. And I would not want anything like this to happen again. Reporter: Barbuda's prime minister telling ab news itc news it's as if a bomb was dropped on the tiny island. My main concern right now is how we're going to survive after this. Reporter: St. Marten next in Irma's crosshairs. Shipping containers tossed like toys. Boats crashing together. At least 14 now dead in the storm zone including 16-year-old Xander Venezia drowning in rough surf off the Barbados coast. Irma's death toll expected to rise and scores more injured. Teams like this one have been flying in and out of the virgin Islands rescuing people. Our cameraman on one of those choppers, capturing scenes of destruction as Irma moved across the caribbean. We met Canadian college student Alex Demore badly hurt in a fall in St. Thomas, airlifted to Puerto Rico for treatment. We lent her our phone so she could call her family. She and American student Matty Gortat leaving the island with one pair of flip-flops between them and little else. The pair describing how they rode out the storm. We just didn't know if the roof was going to come off at any moment. We were praying. Yeah, we were praying the whole time. Reporter: For "Nightline" I'm Linzie Janis in Puerto Rico. Our thanks to Linzie. And for breaking news alerts on hurricane Irma download the ABC news app.

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