US citizens evacuated from St Maarten, St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma
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Over 1,000 people, primarily U.S. citizens, have been evacuated from St. Marteen and St. Thomas after Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean islands, the government of Puerto Rico announced Sunday. 

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said his government had "responded to the call of our fellow Americans in need not only out of solidarity but because it is our responsibility as the closest United States territory," according to a press release.

Six C130 aircrafts led by the Puerto Rico, Kentucky and New York National Guard transported people to safety, the statement said, adding that more evacuation trips will take place after weather conditions in the area improve.

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The Puerto Rico government coordinated efforts with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies to provide assistance in the area that was hit by the storm.

Aide provided to the evacuees included emergency medical care, food and hotel accommodations, and help arranging their air travel to the mainland U.S., the press release said.

Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys early Sunday, bringing whipping winds with a maximum sustained speed of 110 mph and strong storm surges to the Sunshine State after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean.

The state ordered a record 6.3 million people to evacuate from coastal and southern areas, and opened more than 400 shelters.

The storm has since dropped down to a Category 2 storm, according to reports citing the National Hurricane Center.