The Operational Land Imager of the Landsat 8 satellite reveals faded images after Irma's passage through the British and American Virgin Islands.
Two comparative images, taken before and after the storm, reveal the great loss of vegetation. Where before it looked green, after Irma, everything is brown.
It is estimated that the obvious causes have been the strong winds, but also the entry of the sea and the steam of its salty water has dried the foliage of the island vegetation.
The destruction is clearly visible inBarbuda. This small island in the eastern Caribbean was hit directly by the Category 5 storm in early September 6. On the contrary, the vegetation inAncient appears relatively healthy and intact. With the center of the storm passing to the north, the island suffered less damage.
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