With so much focus on the mainland, residents of places like the Virgin Islands, which is considered USA soil but barred from full voting rights, have become increasingly desperate.
The Cuban government prepared by staging emergency supplies and building equipment ahead of the arrival of Irma.
WERTHEIMER: I understand that Irma has moved off of Cuba.
Hurricane-strength winds later were recorded in the northern half of Camaguey province, the agency said.
Less than a week after Hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean with unprecedented strength, leaving almost 40 people dead, satellite images are revealing the widespread destruction caused by the storm. In the cities of Matanzas, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey, three men in their 50s and 60s died in building collapses.
In the resort town of Varadero in the Matanzas province, 14,500 foreign tourists rode out the storm, according to state-run news organization Granma. Do you have any sense of what the worst hit is?
Shattered Caribbean picks up the pieces after Irma
Attractions such as parks and beaches are now being assessed to ensure a committed focus on quick clean up in the coming days. Travellers are advised to contact their local travel or booking agent for detailed arrangements about their bookings.
In a statement on September 6, Barbuda and Antigua's Prime Minister Gaston Browne said catastrophic damage left parts of the Caribbean "practically uninhabitable".
He added that while the death toll was low for a storm of this magnitude, the infrastructure on the island of Barbuda "no longer exists". Many residents there have been evacuated ahead of Jose. It made the Dutch side of St. Martin uninhabitable, with no electricity or drinking water, and caused massive destruction to the French side of the island, Saint-Martin, and to St. Barts.
The U.S. government said it was sending a flight Monday to evacuate its citizens from St. Martin, one of the hardest-hit islands. It caused much flooding and structural damage.
French and Dutch police have sent extra police to St Martin to hep curb the looting on the island. The island is home to about 72,000 people.
French President Emmanuel Macron and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson travelled Tuesday to the hurricane-hit Caribbean, rebuffing criticism over the relief efforts as European countries boost aid to their devastated island territories. The partner of Briton Claudia Knight, who is stranded on the island of Tortola, carries a knife for protection as "everyone's turned feral".
WEISSENSTEIN: Yeah. That's, I think, in the Caribbean where the most devastating effects of the storm were felt and are still being felt because those islands are so small and so remote and have such fragile links to the outside world. "I am truly heartbroken by this news".