It was just two days ago that Hurricane Irma paid a punishing visit to Florida after thrashing several Caribbean islands for much of last week. The storm, a record-breaker that made landfall in Florida as a Category 4, did not end up delivering on some of worst predictions of catastrophic storm surge to vulnerable urban areas like Tampa and Miami.
But many parts of Florida are reckoning with significant wreckage and floodwater along its coasts and on inland farms. Reports and images show inundated streets and damage to buildings, vehicles, boats, and trees in the particularly Florida Keys, where FEMA says 25 percent of houses have been destroyed.
Cities hard hit include Everglades City, Miami, Naples, and small towns in between. Millions are still without power. Jacksonville, a city with a population of nearly 900,000 people, experienced record flooding. On Tuesday, the Florida Times-Union reported that 356 Jacksonville residents had to be rescued.
We’ve been tracking the storm damage since Sunday. These images are meant to give you an idea of what some Florida communities are dealing with as they recover from the worst of Irma. (This post will be updated with new images this week as they become available.)