Satellite Images Show How Hurricane Irma Destroyed Caribbean Islands

A series of satellite images taken before and after Hurricane Irma carved a path through the Caribbean detail the extent of widespread damage left by the storm.

At least 37 people in the Caribbean and at least seven in Florida died as a result of the hurricane, which had wind speeds up to 160 miles per hour when it made landfall in Cuba.

Here’s a look at the aftermath of Hurricane Irma at some locations in the Caribbean:

US and British Virgin Islands

The widespread browning of the landscape across the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands is pictured in two images taken just over two weeks apart, before and after Irma. According to NASA, the browning is caused either by the green vegetation being ripped away or salt water being whipped up and killing leaves still on trees.


Homes just north of Barbuda Codrington Airport are pictured in various states of disrepair after the storm passed through the island in the eastern Caribbean. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne compared the destruction on the island to “having a bomb literally thrown on a city.”

Nanny Cay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Formerly lush vegetation near Nanny Cay on Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, was stripped and browned by the hurricane. Some boats docked at Nanny Cay Marina in the center of the image became unmoored.

Paraquita Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Paraquita Bay, on Tortola’s southeastern coast, saw the destruction of several large structures on the left side of the image.
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Source: ABC News