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Before and after photos show Hurricane Irma’s devastation in the Caribbean

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Hurricane Irma caused billions in damage in Florida, destroying large parts of the Keys and knocking out power to at least 60 percent of the state. The destruction in the U.S., however, pales in comparison to the toll that Irma exacted in the northern Leeward Islands and parts of the Caribbean. 

As a Category 5 beast with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, Irma destroyed large parts of St. Martin, an island shared by France and the Netherlands. 

The famous airport in St. Maarten, which is known for its picturesque, extremely low landing approaches over Maho Beach, is now closed due to extensive damage. The control tower, with its signature rooftop radar dome, has been reduced to rubble.  Read more…

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