Hurricane Irma barreled through the state of Florida Sunday, and many feared that the state’s beautiful Sanibel Island and Captiva would be wiped off the map due to the storm.
“Mayor Kevin Ruane believed Irma would wipe Sanibel from the map,” News-Press reported.
“He said the storm could have treated the barrier island much worse after assessing some of the damages Monday afternoon,” the newspaper continued. “Captiva, to its north, faces similar circumstances. There was no evidence of structural damage, but palm fronds and tree branches were in the middle of the roadway.”
Residents of the island were allowed to asses the damage after “the Sanibel Causeway passed an inspection by the Florida Department of Transportation Monday morning,” according to News-Press. Initially it was thought that those living in the area wouldn’t be able to get home until Tuesday, however officials allowed them to return Monday after “reassessing the damage.”
Hurricane Irma first made landfall in Cudjoe Key, Florida at about 9:10 a.m. and left over 2 million people without power.
News of the first landfall was announced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), which wrote, “Hurricane #Irma makes landfall at Cudjoe Key in the lower Florida Keys.”
Read on for photos and video footage of the storm’s wrath, including scenes from before, during and after Sanibel and Captiva took a hit.
“Sanibel Island, FL before Irma,” @meadejnbc tweeted of the breathtakingly island:
#Sanibel Island, @iNSIDE_iDEAS stated in a tweet, as seen below. “The calm before the storm. Irma is taking aim at my little piece of paradise. Hoping she is kind.”
“Finally,” @sanibelnik wrote. “Hum of the generator, @oskarblues Daves pale ale and a nice neat @JackDaniels_US – been a long couple days time for some rest.”
He also posted a post-hurricane photo of “Casa Ybel Resort,” showing damage to trees and a small structure:
@WindowToCaptiva published “post hurricane snaps” to Twitter…it appears that the villas are in fairly good condition:
The real estate professional captured other photos which illustrate the power of Irma’s winds:
Irma didn’t hold back when it came to the Sanibel-Captiva area. It is safe to say that the area was extremely lucky after seeing footage of weather conditions before and during the hurricane, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm