PHOTOS: Irma tears through Caribbean

This image made from video shows damage from Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma weakened slightly Thursday with sustained winds of 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm boasted 185 mph winds for a more than 24-hour period, making it the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was expected to arrive in Cuba by Friday. It could hit the Florida mainland by late Saturday, according to hurricane center models. (AP Photo/Ian Brown)
This image made from video shows damage from Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Hurricane Irma weakened slightly Thursday with sustained winds of 175 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm boasted 185 mph winds for a more than 24-hour period, making it the strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm was expected to arrive in Cuba by Friday. It could hit the Florida mainland by late Saturday, according to hurricane center models. (AP Photo/Ian Brown)

THE CARIBBEAN (KXAN) — Hurricane Irma left devastation in its wake as it passed through the Caribbean.

It destroyed buildings, toppled trees and knocked out power and water for thousands of people when it began its track through numerous islands Wednesday, including Puerto Rico, St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla.

As of noon Friday, officials say 21 people had died, and the death toll could rise.

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