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Hurricane Irma destroys Eden Rock Hotel in St Barts owned by Pippa Middleton’s in-laws – with fears for Trump’s mansion too

A LUXURY Caribbean hotel owned by Pippa Middleton's in-laws has been destroyed by Hurricane Irma and Donald Trump's mansion is feared to be in ruins.

The killer storm has bulldozed through palatial homes and islands owned by some of the world’s most famous and powerful people on its devastating path towards the US.

 The exclusive Eden Rock Hotel on St Barts, owned by Pippa Middleton's in-laws, has been destroyed by Hurricane Irma
 Shocking pictures reveal how the celeb hotspot beloved by A-listers from Tom Hanks to Jennifer Lopez has been reduced to rubble
 Eden Rock Hotel on St Barts is owned by the parents of Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews and his brother James
 Trump's five-acre estate on the French island of St Martin is also feared to have been left in ruins, pictured are strong waves on the island

Eden Rock Hotel on St Barts, owned by the parents of Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews and his brother James, was ravaged by the hurricane.

Shocking pictures reveal how the celeb hotspot beloved by A-listers from Tom Hanks to Jennifer Lopez has been reduced to rubble.

Trump's five-acre le Château des Palmiers estate on the French island of St Martin is also feared to have been decimated by the hurricane, which has claimed 10 lives.

Caribbean mansions owned by Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, Oprah Winfrey are also in the path of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storm ever recorded.

The category five hurricane has battered Barbuda, Anguilla, St Martin, Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands.

 Hurricane Irma has destroyed homes and islands owned by the world's rich and powerful
 President Trump bought Le Château des Palmiers for a rumoured £15 million pounds in 2013
 It is estimated that Trump's real estate holdings were worth about $3.5 billion in 2015

It is feared that the death toll will rise as the unprecedented hurricane continues towards the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and the US.

The category five hurricane is expected to slam Florida this weekend and forecasters now fear the monster storm may hit the Carolinas and coastal Georgia.

St Martin was one of the worst-hit areas, with the eye of the hurricane passing directly over coastal areas.

 The luxury Eden Rock hotel is owned by the Matthews family
 Pippa Middleton shows off her incredible bikini body while on a 2016 holiday with her now-husband James Matthews

 

It has levelled the island's strongest buildings, leaving “rustic” structures like President Trump's beachfront mansion in grave danger.

St Barts also took the brunt of the storm, with dramatic pictures showing flooding and scenes of destruction on the island.

The exclusive Eden Rock hotel draws an impressive guest-list of celebs to the island each year.

But footage after the mega-storm suggests the hotel, where rooms start at £777 a night, is barely habitable.

 The exclusive Eden Rock hotel draws an impressive guest-list of celebs to the island each year
 St Barts also took the brunt of the storm, with dramatic pictures showing flooding and scenes of destruction on the island

 

One onlooker wrote on Twitter: “All that's left is rock”.

David and Jane Matthews purchased Eden Rock from local adventurer Rémy de Haenen in 1995.

Spencer Matthews regularly visits the resort and has been pictured relaxing with a string of different girlfriends at the five-star hotel.

It has also become one of the Middleton family's favourite holiday spots, with Pippa and James spotted relaxing there on numerous occasions.

Barbuda and St Martin, next to St Barts, suffered the storm's full fury with roughly 95 per cent of properties destroyed on both islands.

 Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson was pictured playing dice with his Necker Island staff members as Hurricane Irma raged across the Caribbean
 The Brit billionaire has decided to ride out the storm

 

 US Hollywood star Eddie Murphy owns a private island in the Bahamas
 An aerial view of Eddie Murphy's private island Rooster Cay

Sir Richard Branson refused to leave his private Necker Island and rode out the storm from his wine cellar.

The Brit billionaire's son has since revealed that the stunning hideaway in the British Virgin Islands has been completely destroyed.

Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Eddie Murphy and magician David Copperfield all own private islands in the Bahamas.

Oprah Winfrey is believed to have an opulent home in Antigua, while Die Hard star Bruce Willis and Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards have mansions in exclusive Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos.

Abramovich's mansion, where the billionaire flew in the Black Eyed Peas for a lavish New Year's Eve party two years ago, is near Gouverneur Beach on the storm-ravaged island of St Barts.

 The hurricane is expected to devastate vast swathes of the Caribbean
 Depp married ex-wife Amber Heard on the Caribbean island. File picture
 Oprah Winfrey is worth an estimated $3billion
 Oprah is believed to own this plush pile in Antigua

Thousands of British tourists and honeymooners have been told to evacuate the holiday islands and Florida as the hurricane continues on its destructive path.

Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and a possible direct hit on South Florida.

 Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's mansion is located near Gouverneur Beach on the storm-ravaged island of St Barts
 Chelsea owner Abramovich flew the Black Eyed Peas to the Caribbean island for a New Year's Eve party

The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever recorded passed almost directly over the island of Barbuda, causing widespread flooding and downing trees.

France sent emergency food and water rations to the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, where Irma ripped off roofs and knocked out all electricity.

The regional authority for Guadeloupe and neighbouring islands said the fire station in Saint Barthelemy was flooded by more than 3 feet of water and no rescue vehicles could move.

 Police patrol as Hurricane Irma slams into San Juan in Puerto Rico
 Flooding as Hurricane Irma hit Saint Martin in the French Caribbean
 Hurricane Irma slammed into the French Caribbean islands today
 Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm with maximum winds of 175 mph
 Flooding in the streets of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean

The government headquarters on Saint Martin was partially destroyed.

There were no immediate reports of casualties but the minister for overseas territories, Annick Girardin, said "We have a lot to fear for a certain number of our compatriots who unfortunately didn't want to listen to the protection measures and go to more secure sites … We're preparing for the worst."

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the twin-island nation appears to have weathered its brush with Hurricane Irma with no deaths.

There were widespread reports of property damage but he says the public and government had prepared well for the storm.

 Horrific pictures show the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma on St Martin island
 The category five hurricane caused widespread destruction in several Caribbean islands, including St Martin
 The 185mph winds and rains sparked widespread flooding on St Martin
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"We in Antigua have weathered the most powerful hurricane ever to storm its way through the Caribbean," the prime minister said.

"And we have done so with stunning results."

The centre of the storm was about 15 miles west of St. Martin and Anguilla about 8am local time today, the hurricane centre said. It was heading west-northwest at 16 mph.

As the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 2am, phone lines went down under heavy rain and howling winds that sent debris flying as people huddled in their homes or government shelters.

The storm ripped the roof off the island's police station, forcing officers to seek refuge in the fire station and at the community centre that served as an official shelter.

 

 An employee of the Mercure Hotel installs sand bags in a ground floor room on the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, Saint-Martin

The Category 5 storm also knocked out communication between islands.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Irma's winds would fluctuate but the storm would likely remain at Category 4 or 5 strength for the next day or two.

The most dangerous winds, usually nearest to the eye, were forecast to pass near the northern Virgin Islands and near or just north of Puerto Rico today.

President Donald Trump declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and authorities in the Bahamas said they would evacuate six southern islands.



Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4413929/caribbean-hotel-owned-by-pippa-middletons-in-laws-is-destroyed-by-hurricane-irma-and-trumps-mansion-also-feared-to-be-in-ruins/

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