NASA releases breathtaking before and after images of Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma's Category 5 winds whipped through the Caribbean islands at upwards of 185 mph, destroying almost everything in its path.

The powerful storm stripped some islands of all vegetation, leaving the usually green landscape brown. According to NASA, the brown satellite images may mean Irma ripped up most of the vegetation. The space agency also noted that "salt spray whipped up by the hurricane can coat and desiccate leaves while they are still on the trees."

The September 6 hurricane passed over the northernmost Virgin Islands. 

The following images were captured by the Operational Land Imager on the Landsat 8 satellite. The photos were taken before the storm on August 25 and after the storm on September 10. 

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NASA photos show islands before and after Hurricane Irma
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NASA photos show islands before and after Hurricane Irma

Virgin Islands on August 25, 2017

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Virgin Islands on September 10, 2017

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Virgin Gorda before and after Hurricane Irma

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Barbuda and Antigua on August 21, 2017

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Barbuda and Antigua on September 8, 2017

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