Residents were allowed to return Tuesday to some islands in the hurricane-slammed Florida Keys as officials tried to piece together the scope of Hurricane Irma’s destruction and rushed aid into the drenched and debris-strewn state.
Two days after the storm roared into the Keys with 130 mph winds, the full extent of the destruction there was still a question mark because communications and access were cut off in many cases.
But residents and business owners from Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada near the mainland were allowed back for their first look.
A listing boat drifts near the Florida Keys.
A waterfront house suffered roof damage from the hurricane.
Houses damaged by Hurricane Irma are seen in Southwest Florida.
The effects of the storm, as seen from above the Keys.
This section of the Keys was badly damaged by the storm.
A view over the aftermath of Hurricane Irma over the Florida Keys.
An aerial view shows the remnants of Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys.
Damaged houses are seen from the air after Hurricane Irma roared across the Florida Keys.
From the air, one Keys community appears not to have suffered extensive damage.
Many areas in the Florida Keys are still without power.