Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, battering the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with historic 297 km/h winds.

The Category 5 storm is the strongest Atlantic Ocean ever recorded, and is expected to remain a category four or five hurricane for the next couple days.

By comparison, Hurricane Harvey – which left at least 70 people dead and thousands of others displaced across Texas and Louisiana – made landfall with wind speeds of up to 212 km/h.

As the ABC points out, Hurricane Irma is roughly the size of Tasmania.

The United Nations says as many as 37 million people could be affected by Hurricane Irma.

Pictures from the International Space Station show the eye of the storm clearly visible from space.

Insane Pics Show The Havoc Hurricane Irma Has Wreaked In The Caribbean

And pictures and videos from the ground show the utter devastation Irma has left in its wake.

On Barbuda, it’s being reported that 90 percent of the buildings have been destroyed, and at least one death has been confirmed.

In St Marin and St Barthélemy, at least two deaths have been confirmed.

In a text message to a French media company, St Barts senator Michel Margras said:

“I am shocked by the monster that covers us. The island is devastated. It is apocalyptic, a lot of damage, many roofs destroyed.”

And in Puerto Rico, 600,000 people are without power and 50,000 people are without water. 14 of the hospitals have lost power, forcing them to use generators. At least three people have been killed.

All of the below pics show Puerto Rico, taken by Getty photographer Jose Jimenez. Fortunately for Puerto Rico, the eye of the storm passed just north of the island.

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A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, where Irma is expected to hit by Sunday afternoon.

Image: Twitter / Rinsy Xieng