The impact of a hurricane on a country can be a major issue in the aftermath of an event.
For example, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, caused enormous damage to New Orleans.
The US military responded by sending troops to rebuild the city, but the rebuilding process has been slow and expensive.
Hurricane Irma is a different story.
The powerful storm has made landfall in the Caribbean and is threatening to hit the US, but this has not caused the immediate loss of life as it did in Katrina.
The damage from Irma is not as extensive as Katrina, but it is still significant.
As the storm approaches the US coast, the number of deaths due to hurricane-related injuries and fatalities has increased.
Irma has hit Puerto Rico, Florida and parts of the Caribbean.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to move toward the south of the US in the next few days.
What to do in the worst-case scenario The US is prepared for the worst.
President Donald Trump has said the hurricane could cause “catastrophic damage”.
The president has asked Congress to extend federal disaster relief funds and the US government has begun evacuating millions of people in the most vulnerable areas.
However, Irma has not had a direct impact on the US territory.
There is also no mandatory evacuation order in place, so people living in the areas most affected by the storm are free to leave at any time.
The island of Barbuda is in charge of evacuating people and those that are unable to leave can travel to the mainland, where the storm has weakened.
A total of 7,600 people have already been evacuated from the island, but that is just a fraction of the number needed to reach the US mainland.
The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at the American Samoa Post Office in St Thomas, and the Department of Homeland Security has said it will provide food, water and shelter for those stranded in the island.
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