Prime Minister Gaston Browne called his return trip to Barbuda after Hurricane Irma slammed the Caribbean island both "heart wrenching" and "absolutely devastating."
"I believe that on a per capita basis, the extent of the destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented," Browne, who is the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said during a video interview ABC Television/Radio. "It is extremely unfortunate that Barbuda was right in its path."
The prime minister estimated that 90 percent of the properties in Barbuda had either been destroyed or suffered damage.
The Barbuda government also confirmed one death from the storm.
On the subject of the single fatality, the prime minister said that it speaks to the level of preparation Barbuda underwent prior to the storm. He claimed that his warnings to the people gave them the time they needed to board up their homes and thoroughly prepare.
Barbuda is a small Island in the Eastern Caribbean that Browne said has a population of around 1,800 people. Antigua, the other island that completes the small Caribbean nation where Hurricane Irma made landfall, is home to over 80,000 people.
Irma, a Category 5 hurricane, has also impacted Antigua, along with other Caribbean islands including Saint Martin and Puerto Rico. The storm is forecasted to hit Florida by weekend's end.