Hurricane Irma: Wake of Destruction

Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction from Ocean Reef in North Key Largo to Key West. Some parts of the island chain fared far better than others, but all suffered some levels of damage.

More than 4,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, most in the hardest hit areas between Cudjoe Key and Marathon. More than 1,800 boats were destroyed.

The once beautiful island chain was left a mess. Vegetative and property debris was strewn into the mangroves, across U.S. 1 and local roads, throughout neighborhoods, and into canals and nearshore waters.

Large trees toppled and those that survived lost branches and most of their leaves.

Almost all homes and businesses in the Keys lost power, water, sewer, cell service and Internet service.

The last time the Keys had experienced such a powerful storm was 1960, with Hurricane Donna.