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NOAA’s new maps show you, up close, Irma’s damage in Florida

A screenshot of the NOAA map.
A screenshot of the NOAA map.NOAA

For those with family or homes in Florida, it may have been difficult to determine the scope of the damage left behind when Hurricane Irma struck this week, as power went out and phone lines were down.

Now the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration has created a tool to make it easier.

NOAA this week released a series of detailed photos overlaid onto an interactive map that allows users to survey Hurricane Irma damage in Florida from afar.

The photos, taken on Sept. 11, 12 and 13 from the air, show the damage to areas of Fort Myers, Naples, and the Florida Keys. The map can be accessed here, and users should zoom in to affected areas of the state to see the photos.

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The maps let users compare the damage photos to those taken pre-Irma.

A NOAA official said images from Jacksonville and Orlando, as well as Georgia and South Carolina, are still being collected.

NOAA has made similar maps of the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and other hurricanes dating back to 2003.

Images taken of an area on the Florida Keys before and after Hurricane Irma.


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.