Satellite imagery shows contrasting tales for Barbuda and Antigua.
The small island of Barbuda was directly hit by Irma on Sept. 6, 2017. The "before" image at left shows it green with vegetation; in the "after" image at right, the land is battered and brown. Antigua missed the storm's center and sustained less damage.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens
Satellite images taken by NASA show the Virgin Islands on Aug. 25 (top) and Sept. 10 (bottom).
The browning seen in the photos was possibly caused Irma's strong winds blowing away vegetation, giving satellites a clear view of the ground or salt desiccating leaves while they are still on the trees, according to NASA.