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Before and after Hurricane Irma: Photos show devastation in Caribbean

Updated 2:44 AM ET, Tue September 12, 2017

(CNN) - Hurricane Irma devastated several Caribbean islands when it tore through the area as a Category 5 storm, killing at least 36 people, knocking down trees and leveling buildings.

Satellite images from before and after the storm show wrecked houses, debris scattered everywhere and previously forested areas laid bare.