After rampaging across Cuba and other Caribbean islands, Hurricane Irma, now a Category 3 storm, smashed into the coast of Florida, sowing destruction in its wake and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power.
Videos posted on Twitter by Miami residents and media reporters show truly apocalyptic sights as the raging tempest tears roofs off buildings and turns city streets into rivers.
Another video shows boats being slammed into the piers and sinking in Aventura.
The extent of the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma remains unclear, but it’s safe to say it will take time to get things back to normal in Florida.
Hurricane Irma is one of the longest lived since satellite-based observations began in 1966, existing for almost nine days, and is expected to last another day at a minimum. The enormous storm, whacking some areas with Category 3, 120 mph winds, is spreading tropical storm force gusts as far as 220 miles from its center as it moves across the US mainland.