REBUILDING

A lonely aerial view of Irma’s destruction in the Florida Keys

Hurricane Irma started its path in the continental United States with the Florida Keys, a quiet archipelago connected by a single highway.

Although Irma struck on Sept 10, some Keys residents still cannot return to their homes. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, estimates that a quarter of homes in these islands were destroyed, according to the Associated Press. Multiple islands remain off-limits to residents. Below, new aerial photos released by Reuters and the AP reveal the damage left behind, and suggest the long process of rebuilding that awaits the storm’s victims.

Hurricane Irma
Debris at a dock in Key West, Fla. on Sept. 12 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Hurricane Irma
A damaged home sits in Key West, Fla. on Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Hurricane Irma
A sailboat is pushed up between two buildings in Key West on Sept. 12 (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Hurricane Irma
Debris from Hurricane Irma is pushed up against a sea wall in Key West, Fla. on Sept 12. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida
A destroyed trailer park in Marathon, Fla. on Sept. 13. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
Boats are pictured washed ashore in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathoni, Florida
Boats are pictured washed ashore in Marathon, Fla. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A bridge with boats washed up under it are pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida
A bridge with boats washed up under it in Marathon, Fla. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A destroyed trailer park is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida
A destroyed trailer park in Marathon, Fla.
A sunken boat is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida
A sunken boat off the cost of Marathon, Fla. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
A destroyed marina is pictured in an aerial photo in the Keys in Marathon, Florida
A destroyed marina in Marathon Fla. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)
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