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Photos: what Hurricane Irma’s destruction looks like on the ground

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We had no sooner taken stock of the extraordinary damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey in Texas than another uniquely fierce and record-breaking hurricane began heading straight toward the Caribbean and the southeast US.

As of Sunday afternoon, Hurricane Irma had finished socking the north coast of Cuba and several tiny Caribbean islands, including the British Virgin Islands and Barbuda, with a trail that left more than 25 people dead. The storm, a Category 4 with winds swirling at near 130 miles per hour, made landfall in the Florida Keys Sunday morning and was continuing up the southwest coast of Florida Sunday afternoon. Meteorologists are warning of up to 20 inches of rain and life-threatening storm surge of up to 15 feet in Florida in the coming days.

The extent of the damage to the Caribbean islands Irma has hit so far is still unclear. But its winds, which peaked at 185 mph, have torn through human settlements and toppled trees, while its rain and storm surge have flooded homes and streets. Here are some of the most telling images from the ground we’ve seen so far from Irma’s path. (This post will be updated with new images as the storm moves west.)

September 10

Florida

Wilfredo Lee/AP
 Miami Beach

September 9

Cuba

Desmond Boylan/AP
Ramon Espinosa/AP
 Havana
Desmond Boylan/AP

September 8

Barbuda

Gemma Handy/AFP/Getty Images
 Codrington
Gemma Handy/AFP/Getty Images
 Codrington
Gemma Handy/AFP/Getty Images
 Codrington
Gemma Handy/AFP/Getty Images)
 Codrington

Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Buzz Helicopters via AP
 Leverick Bay
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters via AP
 Leverick Bay
Caribbean Buzz Helicopters via AP
 Gun Creek

 

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Jalon Manson Shortte via AP
Jalon Manson Shortte via AP
Jalon Manson Shortte via AP
Jalon Manson Shortte via AP

Saint Martin

Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
 Margot
Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
 Fort Louis Marina, Marigot
Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
 Fort Louis Marina, Marigot

Anguilla

Royal Navy/Ministry of Defense via AP
 British Royal Navy arrives on Sandy Bay village.
Royal Navy/Ministry of Defense via AP
Royal Navy/Ministry of Defense via AP
 Royal Logistics Corps conducts reconnaissance of hurricane damage.

Haiti

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP
 Fort-Liberté
Dieu Nalio Chery/AP
 Fort-Liberté
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
 Malfetti, Fort-Liberté
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

September 7

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Ian Brown/AP
 U.S. Post Office
Ian Brown/AP
Ian Brown/AP
Ian Brown/AP
 Charlotte Amalie

 

Barbuda

Anika E. Kentish/AP
Anika E. Kentish/AP

Saint Martin

Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Orient Bay
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Orient Bay
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Orient Bay
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Concordia, Marigot

 

Dominican Republic

Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Nagua
Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Nagua
Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Nagua

 

Haiti

Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
 Cap-Haïtien
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
 Cap-Haïtien
Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images
 Cap-Haïtien

 

Dominican Republic

Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Samana
Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Samana
Tatiana Fernandez/AP
 Samana

 

Saint Martin

Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle

September 6

Saint Martin

Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle
Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP
Gerben Van Es/AFP/Getty Images
 Philipsburg
Gerben Van Es/AFP/Getty Images
 Philipsburg
Gerben Van Es/AFP/Getty Images
 Philipsburg
Gerben Van Es/AFP/Getty Images
 Philipsburg
Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images
 Hotel Mercure in Marigot, near the Bay of Nettle

Puerto Rico

Jose Jimenez/Getty Images
 Luquillo Beach
Carlos Giusti/AP
 Fajardo
Carlos Giusti/AP
 Fajardo
Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images
 Fajardo
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