New intense Hurricane Irma tearing through Caribbean Islands

A category 5 hurricane – the highest classification – called Hurricane Irma is currently tearing through islands making up the Caribbeans.

Irma already hit Barbuda overnight, and no contact, not even a radio signal, has come from there since then, CNN reports.

Irma has been observed to have maximum sustained winds of 185mph, which is well above the category 5 threshold of 157mph, making it the most intense hurricane in the Atlantic basin in a very long while.

The hurricane is on course to hit Puerto Rico, although it has already blown through St. Martin and Anguilla on early Wednesday.

Reports from Antigua say they have also been hit, but with minor damage.