This Sept. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows a view of St. Maarten, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control. (Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

Updated 6:07 p.m. EST

(Bloomberg) – Hurricane Irma continued on a collision course with Miami after battering Puerto Rico and devastating a chain of small Caribbean islands, as the Category 5 storm threatens to become the most expensive in U.S. history.

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