Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, and itsdamage is just starting to emerge as the heavy rains and destructive winds give way to sunshine.
Irma battered southern and western Caribbean islands last week as a massive Category 5 stormbefore crossing Cuba and the Bahamas and then making landfall on Florida's west coast on Sunday.
As the storm finally left Florida on Monday and headed across Georgia, residents in the Sunshine State began assessing the havoc Irma wrecked amid flooded streets and lawns strewn with boats, mobile homes, cars, and debris.
Three people in Georgia, one person in South Carolina, and seven people in Florida have died in the storm, bringing the total death toll to at least 48 people. That number is expected to rise.
Overall, the destruction hasn't appeared to be as bad as officials feared, with Irma heading up the western coast of Florida instead of straight up the middle as it was forecast to on Thursday. But a Citi analyst still estimates that costs could top $50 billion in the US.