It’s official: Irma has become one of worst and most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricanes in all of recorded human history. Even though it went from a Category 5 hurricane to a Category 4 (and since to a tropical storm), it maintained winds of approximately 150 mph for very long periods of time. What’s worse, rather than mostly staying in one place like Hurricane Harvey, Irma will have touched the coastlands and inlands of most of the State of Florida by the time it finally dissipates. Remarkably—and devastatingly—Irma demolished roughly 95% of all buildings in Saint Martin, Barbuda, and the British Virgin Islands. Millions of human beings do not have access to clean water, let alone to electricity or functioning smartphones.
Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in the Florida Keys and Miami-Dade County. Shelters have been opened while schools have been boarded up, and 7,000 individuals from the National Guard have been sent to these areas. What’s worse, Hurricane Jose has since become a Category 4 hurricane which could also threaten regions with winds in excess of 150 mph.
If this seems remarkable, it’s because it is. Colorado State University’s Philip Klotzbach has highlighted that this is the first time ever that two potential Category 5 hurricanes existed in the Atlantic at once. If these circumstances aren’t (yet another) alarming wake-up call pertaining to human-induced climate change’s apocalyptic effects, then perhaps some people are simply incapable of either feeling or acknowledging slaps in the face.
If this is a case in which things are better conveyed by way of images rather than words, scrutinize the media below for more insight and context:
#1: Chickens evacuating in The Florida Keys.
#2: Paraquita Bay (before & after Irma).
#3: Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar in The British Virgin Islands (before & after Irma).
#4: Beach Plaza Hotel in St Martin (before & after Irma).
#5: Dogs in Samana, Dominican Republic, On Thursday.
#6: Car pile-up in Marigot, Saint Martin.
#7: Roofs torn-off in Saint Martin.
#8: Tree on car in Puerto Rico.
#9: Smoke and fire in on the French Island of Saint Martin on Wednesday.
#10: Honky Tonk Bar in Philipsburg St Martin (before & after Irma).
#11: Ruins of The Hotel Mercure In Marigot, Saint Martin.
#12: Flooded car in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#13: Empty shelves in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
#14: Luxury yachts on the Coast of St. Martin.
#15: Palm trees near The Hotel Mercure In Marigot, Saint Martin.
#16: Saint Martin.
#17: Dutch Department Of Defense photo: The Princess Juliana International Airport and Simpson Bay Beach on the Dutch Caribbean Territory Of Sint Maarten.
#18: Removing a tree in Sanchez, Dominican Republic, On Thursday.
#19: Destroyed vehicles in St. Thomas.
#20: Debris in The Puerto Chico Harbor In Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#21: Overturned car in St. Martin.
#22: Damaged cars on St. Martin Beach.
#23: Flooding In St Martin.
#24: Dutch Department Of Defense photo: Philipsburg on the Dutch Caribbean Territory of Sint Maarten.
#25: Princess Juliana Airport (before & after Irma)
#26: Picking up debris in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.
#27: Damaged, sand-filled home in Marigot, Saint Martin.
#28: Home filled with sand in Marigot, Saint Martin.
#29: Debris in Nagua.
#30: Pulling a travel case in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#31: Floodwaters in St. John’s, Antigua.
#32: Debris on shore in Marigot, Saint Martin.
#33: Roofs torn-of in Saint Martin.
#34: Shelter in Berta Zalduondo Elementary School in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#35: Waiting for water in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
#36: Car on side in Marigot, Saint Martin, on Wednesday.
#37: Slams Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday.
#38: Dutch Department Of Defense photo: damage of Irma on Sint Maarten.
#39: Dutch Department Of Defense photo: the damage of Irma in Philipsburg, Saint Maarten.
#40: Palm trees on islands in The Northern Caribbean In Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#41: Dolphin Discovery Attraction in The Virgin Islands (before & after Irma)
#42: House rubble on the French-administered Territory of St Bart.
#43: The Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin.
#44: Harbor area on the Island Of Saint Martin.
#45: Police car on September 6, 2017 In Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
#46: Members of The Civil Defence in Puerto Rico.
#47: Pelted umbrella (and man) in Puerto Rico.
#48: Before the storm, in a church in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.
#49: Metal roof in the street in Saint-Barthelemy In The Caribbean.
#50: Cars piled-up at The Hotel Mercure In Marigot, Saint Martin.
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.