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Last week, the Western Hemisphere experienced one of the worst hurricanes in recorded history. Hurricane Irma came through 425 miles wide with wind speeds of 185 miles per hour and destroyed everything in its path, including islands that depend heavily on tourism to stabilize their economies. A few islands, St. Eustatius, Montserrat, Dominican Republic and Haiti, were spared the wrath of Irma, but most weren’t as lucky.

Now, as the New York Amsterdam News goes to print, the same region is being pummeled by yet another massive hurricane. As if Irma’s destruction wasn’t enough to disturb the region’s biggest economy driver, residents are left to helplessly watch as Hurricane Maria destroys what Irma didn’t. After this storm passes, the race will be on to rebuild and re-establish these islands as picturesque vacation destinations before the all-important winter high season begins.

Here’s a look at how the first major hurricane of the season affected each island:

Anguilla suffered significant damage from the hurricane. The storm reportedly destroyed 90 percent of the electricity infrastructure, several local restaurants and the island’s main water supply was severely harmed. Many government buildings reported damage, although most hotels reported no major structural blows (with the exception of the CuisinArt Resorts). Although the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport had been closed for days, it has finally reopened (just with a much less busy schedule). Because Anguilla’s economy relies heavily on luxury tourism, the race is on to finish all repairs before the Christmas season begins.

Antigua and Barbuda, a two-island nation, suffered different fates from Hurricane Irma’s destructive path. Antigua, the larger of the two, was mostly spared. Its V.C. Bird International Airport has been open for all flights, and all hotels plan to start this season on schedule. Barbuda, however, was not as lucky. Only 28 miles to the north, this island suffered tremendously from the flooding waters and high winds and is now in ruins. Nearly all residents have been evacuated to their sister-island. Both islands rely heavily on tourism, and most fear that the devastation will greatly affect their economy.

The Islands of the Bahamas were, for the most part, unscathed of any significant damage from Hurricane Irma and are getting back to business as usual. Airports are open on Nassau, Grand Bahama Island and nearly all the Out Islands. International flights to the U.S., including to some parts of Florida, resumed Sept. 12. Ports have also reopened, allowing cruise ships to begin to return.

Cuba, especially its capital Havana, was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Irma. The island experienced major flooding, power outages and wind damage. There are reports that some places are still without water. Last week, the State Department advised U.S. citizens to suspend travel to Cuba while recovery efforts are ongoing.

The Florida Keys stood right in the path of destruction of Hurricane Irma and have been left battered. Most of the region has no fuel, electricity, running water or cell service. Residents have been advised to bring back anything they may need (medication, water, food) with them as they return home, and visitors are being advised to postpone travel plans for the near future. Flights to and from the Key West International and Florida Keys Marathon International airports have been canceled until further notice.

Puerto Rico and its tourism market are already back on track. Although the U.S territory did experience widespread power outages and minor damage, it was able to weather the storm and has continued with business as usual. San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport is operating, and so is the Port of San Juan. Puerto Rico has actually become a safe haven for displaced U.S citizens who vacationed on the other neighboring Caribbean islands during the storm.

St. Barthélemy was left devastated after Hurricane Irma swept through. The island experienced major flooding and high winds that damaged nearly every structure. The French government has assisted in recovery by sending supplies and people to help, but has advised visitors to stay away during the months of September and October. Although most hotels were closed for the offseason during the storm, destruction is so bad they’re unsure when they’ll be able to start the season. Most, however, are in a rush to be back up and operating by the start of the busy winter high season.

St. Kitts and Nevis were both left with minimal damage after the hurricane. No major hotels or structures have reported any damage. Both St. Kitts’ Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport and Nevis’ Vance W. Amory International Airport are back open and operating as usual.

St. Maarten/St. Martin suffered tremendous damage from Hurricane Irma on both the French and Dutch sides of the island. More than 90 percent of the buildings and structures have been destroyed, and many places on the island have been left in ruins. Princess Juliana International Airport, where most visitors enter the country, has been severely damaged and is currently only operating flights that are bringing in relief supplies or are assisting in evacuations. Many hotels on the island have canceled reservations for the remainder of the year because most have experienced some sort of major damage. St. Maarten is greatly dependent on tourism and residents are worried that they’ll be affected by this storm for months to come.

Turks and Caicos experienced quite a bit of damage. The island was without power for several days and dealt with a lot of infrastructure damage and debris from flooding waters and high winds. Most resorts have chosen to remain closed until later this year. However, Club Med Turkoise and The Palms resort are hoping to reopen by the end of this month. The island relies heavily on tourism and is hoping to rebuild quickly and efficiently.

The Virgin Islands (both U.S. and British) took a beating from Hurricane Irma. The U.S.V.I, with the exception of St. Croix, suffered major infrastructure damage and power outages. Hotels, such as the Windward Passage on St. Thomas and the Caneel Bay on St. John, have announced they plan to stay closed for the remainder of the year. Other hotels have simply stated, “Closed until further notice.” The Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas received extensive damage and is only open to emergency relief flights. Flights were expected to resume Sept. 20. The neighboring B.V.I was also pummeled by the storm—suffering from infrastructure damage and a loss of all cellphone towers. Both sets of the Virgin Islands depend heavily on tourism (the B.V.I benefiting greatly from visitors to the U.S.V.I), so their economies will probably take a blow.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.