The extent of the severe damage Hurricane Irma left behind is still being revealed days after the storm struck the Caribbean as a Category 5 hurricane. It tore off roofs, tossed around cars and boats, ripped up trees and cut off power. Storm surges flooded the islands.
Irma crashed into the easternmost islands on Wednesday and continued on its destructive path toward Florida.
It leveled Barbuda and destroyed an estimated 90 percent of the buildings on the small island. It made the Dutch side of St. Martin uninhabitable, with no electricity or drinking water, and caused massive destruction to the French side of the island, Saint-Martin, and to St. Barts. On the U.S. Virgin Islands, residents were lining up for food being dropped by American military helicopters. Some 80 percent of the buildings were damaged on St. John.
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Here are some before and after photos of the damage Irma brought.
Barbuda and Antigua
Florida Power Grid
Turks and Caicos