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.

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An aerial view of Paraquita Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (Google)
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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.

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