Hurricane Irma hopscotched up Florida’s west drift Sunday, making two landfalls and driving a surge of water and winds that submerged Miami and had the Tampa Bay region preparing for a storm of a sort inconspicuous in decades.
A little more than two weeks after Hurricane Harvey struck the core of U.S. vitality creation in Texas, Irma is battering another district. By 5 p.m. Sunday, it was a Category 2 storm with top breezes of 110 miles for every hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Irma’s way constrained the biggest clearing in Miami-Dade County history and sent a large number of Floridians escaping the state’s initially real storm since Wilma in 2005. It has effectively devastated to the island of Barbuda, executed no less than 25 individuals and left thousands destitute over the Caribbean.
Below are 14 of the most terrifying images showing the destruction caused.
Trees bend in the wind along North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Florida.
Two men search their wrecked restaurant in Orient Bay on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
Members of a rescue brigade wade through a flooded street in Havana, Cuba.
Blown sand coats bushes and mail boxes in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Cubans wade through a flooded street near the Malecon in Havana, Cuba.
Residents look over Tampa Bay as the water recedes ahead of an expected storm surge from Hurricane Irma.
Large waves produced by Hurricane Irma crash into a pier in Fort Lauderdale.
A man walks into the wind in downtown Miami.
A truck is blown over on a Miami street.
A car sits abandoned on North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard.
CitiBikes stand in water in the Brickwell area of downtown Miami.
A woman prepares her home in Redington Beach, Florida, ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The aftermath of the storm in Villa Clara Province, Cuba.
Sunlight illuminates Hurricane Irma as the storm approaches Cuba and Florida on September 8.