Irma: Before-and-after photos show devastation in Caribbean after historic storm hits

A state of emergency was declared in the British Virgin Islands,a collection of 40 islands and inlets.

Tortola is the largest island, home to 24,000 people.

An aerial view of Paraquita Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (Google)
Boats lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola (Reuters)

Irma ripped through St Barthelemy, destroying homes and hotels.

Gustavia in St Barts before the storm hit (Wiki Commons)
A picture released by Facebook user Kevin Barralon a damaged street in Gustavia(Facebook)