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Anguilla Makes A Big Comeback - Forbes Travel Guide

Bonnie Bloom chokes up and some tears fall as she recounts how Hurricane Irma tore through her home island Anguilla in September 2017. But she wipes her hazel-brown eyes and puts it in perspective: despite the destruction, there was only one casualty reported on the island of more than 17,000 residents.

Still, the Category 5 storm was one of the strongest hurricanes on record in the Atlantic basin, according to the National Hurricane Center. It ravaged the island. Most homes and schools were leveled, and the island’s only hospital was severely damaged, the NHC reported. The resulting economic losses are estimated to be at least $190 million.