Breaking down Hurricane Irma's damage

Death and destruction was left in the storm's wake.

ByABC News
September 11, 2017, 1:28 PM

— -- The worst of Hurricane Irma may be over, but the storm left plenty of destruction in its wake.

Many Caribbean islands were hit the hardest, accounting for the majority of storm-related deaths.

Now these island nations are faced with the grim prospect of rebuilding.

Florida was in the path of the storm and many feared that it would be worse than Hurricane Andrew, which wreaked havoc on the state in 1992. In that storm, 23 people were reported dead as a result of storm-related incidents, and so far only five people have been reported dead in Florida because of Irma.

Here is a rundown of the destruction that Irma caused.

Barbuda

PHOTO: A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Barbuda, Sept. 6, 2017.
A view of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Barbuda, Sept. 6, 2017.

One person died in Barbuda, and over 90 percent of buildings and vehicles were destroyed.

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told national broadcaster ABS that the island is "barely inhabitable" after Irma.

Browne told ABC News in a phone interview last week, “When you have an unprecedented storm like this that comes with such significant wind force this is like having a bomb literally thrown on a city. ... It is really the sheer magnitude of the winds that destroyed these properties."

St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

PHOTO: A man walks on a street covered in debris after hurricane Irma hurricane passed on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot, Sept. 8, 2017.
A man walks on a street covered in debris after hurricane Irma hurricane passed on the French island of Saint-Martin, near Marigot, Sept. 8, 2017.

The majority of the deaths from Irma took place on these Caribbean islands. The island known as St. Martin in English is divided between French St.-Martin and Dutch Saint Maarten.

PHOTO: This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on Sept. 7, 2017, shows houses and cars damaged after the passage of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
This handout photograph provided courtesy of the Dutch Department of Defense on Sept. 7, 2017, shows houses and cars damaged after the passage of Hurricane Irma on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten.

In St. Barts and the French-controlled part of St. Martin, nine people died. Four others died on the Dutch side of St. Martin.

PHOTO: The damage to a post office caused by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 7, 2017.
The damage to a post office caused by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 7, 2017.

Dutch officials said that 70 percent of the homes on St. Maarten were damaged or destroyed and are vulnerable to the next approaching storm, according to The Associated Press.

PHOTO: Damage from Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 7, 2017.
Damage from Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sept. 7, 2017.

Four deaths were reported in the U.S. Virgin Islands and five were reported in the British Virgin Islands.

Three people died in Puerto Rico and one person died in Anguilla.

Cuba

PHOTO: Cubans wade through a flooded street in Havana, Sept. 10, 2017.
Cubans wade through a flooded street in Havana, Sept. 10, 2017.

Hurricane Irma killed at least 10 people, Cuban state media reported today.

Authorities warned of staggering damage along the northern coast, as well as to farmland in central Cuba, according to the AP.

PHOTO: Residents walk near downed power lines felled by Hurricane Irma, in Caibarien, Cuba, Sept. 9, 2017.
Residents walk near downed power lines felled by Hurricane Irma, in Caibarien, Cuba, Sept. 9, 2017.

Thousands of people rode out the storm in shelters – including cave-like, underground military bunkers.

Flooding persists in Havana, where power is out and internet service is spotty.

The Florida Keys

Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm, bringing powerful winds of up to 130 mph, rain and flooding.

Wind gusts of 120 mph were noted in Big Pine Key, while Key Largo and Key West experienced 92 mph and 91 mph winds.

Two people were killed in Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys. One of them was found dead in a home in Shark Key. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck, with winds whipping at tropical-storm strength, officials said.

A storm surge of 10 feet was recorded in the Florida Keys, according to the National Weather Service.

Miami

PHOTO: Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on Sept. 10, 2017 in Miami.
Boats ride out Hurricane Irma in a marina on Sept. 10, 2017 in Miami. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, lashing the state with 130 mph winds as it moves up the coast.

The highest wind gusts recorded in Miami were 99 mph.

A city-wide daily curfew was put in place in an effort to help control the area, keeping people off the streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

PHOTO: A vehicle passes downed palm trees and two cyclists attempt to ride as Hurricane Irma passes through the area on Sept. 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla.
A vehicle passes downed palm trees and two cyclists attempt to ride as Hurricane Irma passes through the area on Sept. 10, 2017 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Miami-Dade police said early Monday they arrested 28 people for burglary and looting.

Naples

PHOTO: Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.

A 7-foot storm surge was reported in at least one location in Naples, according to the National Weather Service.

Naples had the highest recorded wind speeds in Florida, with gusts reaching 142 mph.

The highest rainfall recorded in the area came in at 11.87 inches.

Tampa

PHOTO: A fallen branch lays beside a mobile home after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017.
A fallen branch lays beside a mobile home after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Tampa, Fla., Sept. 11, 2017.

While there was damage to parts of Tampa, local officials are expressing an overall feeling of relief after Hurricane Irma didn't bring as much water damage and rising storm surges as they had expected.

The fire chief used the word "destroyed" in describing a dozen homes that were damaged when trees fell in them, but there were no fatalities in the city and no injuries.

Like much of Florida, many lost power. In Tampa specifically, 300,000 people lost power, and that accounts for 40 percent of Tampa Electric customers.

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