St. Martin’s airport damaged by Hurricane Irma

St. Martin’s famous Princess Juliana International Airport was decimated by the powerful storm.

A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten Dutch part of Saint Martin island in the Caribbean, Sept. 6, 2017

Aerial photos from St. Martin show the serious damage the popular vacation destination sustained as a result of Hurricane Irma’s 185 mph winds.

The Dutch Royal Navy tweeted that the airport was “unreachable at the moment,” but that getting it back up and running is a “high priority for the delivery of help and supplies.”

The airport was not destroyed, but it is not functional, said French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb. Support will have to be delivered via helicopter, he said.

The damage on St. Martin is so bad that some large resort companies, including Sonesta, have canceled reservations for the rest of 2017.

Collomb said the island’s “four most solid buildings” on the island had been destroyed and that more rustic structures were probably “completely or partially destroyed.”

Hurricane Irma leaves ‘unprecedented’ destruction in the Caribbean, kills at least 13. More than 60 percent of households in Puerto Rico were without power. At least eight people were killed and 21 more were injured on St. Martin, Collomb said.

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