Hurricane Irma made landfall Wednesday night, hitting the French and Dutch Caribbean island of Saint Martin hard before moving on to Puerto Rico. The hurricane, with sustained winds of more than 183 miles per hour, wreaked total destruction in its path, flooding streets, felling trees and destroying property.
Not only is this one of the strongest recorded hurricanes in history but it is also predicted to be one of the most expensive. Irma is now moving toward the Florida coast, as the Caribbean islands begin the task of assessing the damage.
— With photos from Getty Images, AP and Reuters.