Hurricane Irma in pictures

Hurricane Irma, a fierce Category 4 storm, battered Florida on September 9–10, destroying homes, knocking out power, and forcing 50,000 people into evacuation shelters.

“People thought thousands and thousands of people [might die], and the number is a very small number, thanks to you,” President Trump told emergency workers during a visit to Florida.

An estimated 6.2 million people were left without electricity, although utility companies had already restored power to 75 percent of affected areas by the time Trump and Vice President Mike Pence arrived September 14. Trump said utility workers were “way ahead of schedule” in restoring power throughout the state.

Following are images from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, showing the storm’s destructive power as well as the efforts of civilians and the military to get Floridians back on their feet.

To the rescue

Man receiving box of supplies from soldier to load in his car (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Soldiers from the Florida National Guard distribute food and water at a Federal Emergency Management Agency distribution point in Marathon, Florida. (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Salvaging possessions

Glass dishes and photographs drying in sun (© Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
People clean up as floodwaters from Irma recede in Middleburg, Florida. Water entered the second story of many local homes. (© Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Getting stuck

Boats wedged under bridge (© Mike Stocker/Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Boats are wedged under a bridge in the town of Marathon, in the Florida Keys, after Irma made landfall there. (© Mike Stocker/Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)

Taking it in

Man walking dog past house that slid down hill (© Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Jose Orosz walks his dog past a beachfront house destroyed by Irma in Vilano Beach, Florida. (© Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

High waters

Man pulling boy in cooler through knee-high water (© David Goldman/AP Images)
Alfonso Jose pulls his son Alfonso Jr., 2, in a cooler with his wife, Cristina Ventura, as they wade through their flooded street in Bonita Springs, Florida. (© David Goldman/AP Images)

Precious resources

People taking boxes of supplies (© Gaston De Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents of Key West receive emergency supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. (© Gaston De Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images)

A home in ruins

Man standing in water and surveying piles of debris (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)
Larry Dimas surveys his destroyed trailer, which he had rented out, in Immokalee, Florida. His tenants had evacuated before Irma struck. (© Gerald Herbert/AP Images)

Standing in solidarity

President Trump shaking hands with man, Mike Pence and Melania Trump next to him (© AP Images)
President Trump greets hurricane survivors as he, Vice President Mike Pence and first lady Melania Trump hand out food in Naples, Florida. (© AP Images)

ShareAmerica staff writer Lauren Monsen contributed to this photo gallery.