Hurricane Irma hit the southern tip of Florida early Sunday morning. The storm then spun north through Florida and into Georgia. The powerful storm first came ashore in southern Florida with wind speeds of more than 130 miles per hour and has dumped more than a foot of rain in some areas. It flooded streets, damaged buildings, and left more than 6.5 million people in Florida without power. Millions of Floridians had to flee their homes.
Before reaching Florida, Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the northern Caribbean islands, in the Atlantic Ocean. It shredded buildings and killed at least 27 people on Barbuda, Anguilla, the Virgin Islands, and other islands. Thousands more were left homeless and without food and water. It could take years for these islands to recover.
Irma was downgraded to a tropical storm as it made its way through Florida. Tropical storms are less powerful than hurricanes. Still, the storm caused widespread flooding as far north as Charleston, South Carolina.