The Caribbean

As Irma powered through the British Virgin Islands, its eye grazed the island of Tortola, practically leveling the capital, Road Town.

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ST. MARTIN—

ANTIGUA

AND BARBUDA

Caribbean Sea

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Tortola

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Caribbean Sea

Satellite imagery company DigitalGlobe has released the first high resolution images of Tortola since Hurricane Irma struck on Sept. 6. Zoom in with your mousewheel or the +/- icons, or pinch to zoom on a phone, to explore the imagery.

(DigitalGlobe and Google)

(DigitalGlobe and Google)

On the east end of the island, in Parham Town, the imagery reveals similar levels of destruction.

(DigitalGlobe and Google)

St. Martin also saw major damage. The Anse Marcel beach on the northern part of the island sustained major damage to most structures.

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Atlantic Ocean

PUERTO RICO

(U.S.)

VIRGIN

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ST. MARTIN—

ANTIGUA

AND BARBUDA

Caribbean Sea

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St. Martin—

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(DigitalGlobe)

The tiny island of Barbuda took a direct hit in the early hours of Sept. 5 as Irma’s eye passed directly over the island.

[What Irma is leaving behind]

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Atlantic Ocean

PUERTO RICO

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VIRGIN

ISLANDS

ST. MARTIN—

Barbuda

ANTIGUA

AND BARBUDA

Caribbean Sea

Antigua

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Atlantic Ocean

PUERTO RICO

(U.S.)

Barbuda—

Caribbean Sea

(DigitalGlobe)

In addition to structures, which were leveled, trees on Barbuda were toppled. Hurricane Irma also sprayed the area with ocean water, browning much of the vegetation.

(DigitalGlobe)

Florida

The most immediate change to the Florida peninsula visible from space is provided by NASA’s MODIS satellite, which clearly shows one day after the hurricane had passed how the shallow aqua waters along the Florida Keys have been churned up into milky brown. By Tuesday, the rain runoff can be seen flowing back into the gulf from the peninsula.

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Key

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Mexico

Cudjoe

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Miami

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Runoff

Gulf of

Mexico

Cudjoe

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Ft. Myers

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Mexico

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Okeechobee

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of Irma

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of Irma

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Mexico

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Key

West

In Key West, damage is visible, however it appears to be less extensive than the islands in the Caribbean. Satellite images show the churned waters, still full of sediment that was kicked up during the storm.

(DigitalGlobe)

Heavy wind and waves battered Key West and caused major beach erosion in some places.

(DigitalGlobe)

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Graphic: Tim Meko, Laris Karklis and Armand Emamdjomeh/The Washington Post. Additional work by Kevin Schaul, John Muyskens. Satellite imagery animation from NOAA's GOES-16 satellite. Imagery provided by DigitalGlobe via Google. Originally published Sept. 11, 2017.

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