Hurricanes Irma turns the Virgin Islands brown

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at how Hurricane Irma turned the Virgin Islands brown.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at how Hurricane Irma turned the Virgin Islands brown.

Visible from left to right are the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John, and then the British Virgin Islands of Tortola and Virgin Gorda, all of which sustained significant destruction from the storm.

The browning of the landscape was caused by severe winds and flooding that ripped up vegetation from the ground. In addition, salty sea water kicked up by the hurricane could have compounded the damage to plant life.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Source: NASA Earth Observatory