The clean up is underway, power is being restored and life is starting to recover. With all of the devastation, my impression is that this storm was not the catastrophe it could have been. Whatever happened to the psyche of the storm over Cuba, it changed the course of Irma's history - and ours.
The impact, although perhaps less intense, was remarkably far reaching. The entire state of Florida was covered with rain, wind and embedded tornadoes. Some areas had significant wind damages, while others suffered from storm surge and rain.
I took the following image Sunday afternoon - I believe the storm had passed the Florida Keys but had not yet made landfall on mainland Florida (Ft Myers-Naples area). The considerable influence of the storm bands with possible embedded tornadoes covered the entire state at the time.
As the storm crossed the Florida/Georgia line as a tropical storm, moving to the NorthWest, impacts were still being felt in Jacksonville, Georgia and the Carolinas.
The Carribean islands suffered the greater impact of the Cat 4 and 5 storm. Ships and troops of the US military are assisting in the rescue and recovery efforts.
We were prepared - through the efforts of state and local agencies and the support of the federal government - the public cooperated with evacuation plans and the storm ultimately cooperated in its own way. Irma will be removed from the eligible names for storms in the future. Many folks who suffered death, destruction or merely inconvenience in her wake will not miss her.