Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Irma, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t do plenty of damage while at the height of its power.
Irma hit the Caribbean islands first, grazing Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti before hitting Cuba at full force. As of this writing, at least three people have died in Puerto Rico, 10 in Cuba, and 10 in St. Martin and St. Barts. The tiny island of Barbuda was almost completely flattened—locals evacuated and returned to over $100 million in property damage, a huge sum for such a small nation as Antigua and Barbuda. Time reports that at least one of the 1,800 citizens of Barbuda was killed. Several other islands, including St. Maarten and the British Virgin Islands, suffered serious damage.
The Associated Press reports that while the death toll numbers in the dozens for the Caribbean islands, we still don’t know how much damage the hurricane has caused in Florida. Irma has weakened—it had already been downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit Tampa—but it continues to dump massive amounts of rain onto Florida and Georgia. When it first hit Florida, it was still a Category 4 hurricane.
Millions of homes are without power in Florida, thousands of which are suffering severe flooding damage. Exact figures are sparse—news outlets still don’t know how much property damage there is, or how many dead or injured there are.
, meanwhile, chronicled Florida preparing to get hit in its own special way yesterday:
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa said at a Sunday news conference, paraphrasing the boxer Mike Tyson. “Well, we’re about to get punched in the face.”
The Pasco Sheriff’s office also apparently thought it was necessary to tweet out a reminder to its citizens not to shoot at the hurricane, in case you were worried that Floridians were taking this seriously.