In the summer of 2017, Hurricane Matthew slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast, tearing through the state of Florida and sending winds up to 130 miles per hour.
It was a major blow to the economy, and it was also a major disaster.
The storm knocked out power for tens of millions of Americans, forced millions of homes to close, and wreaked havoc on a region that had been rebuilt from the ground up.
That reconstruction would be repeated a few weeks later, when Hurricane Irma came barreling toward the region.
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico a week later, flooding communities that had suffered decades of neglect and deprivation.
Hurricane Irma’s devastating path through the Caribbean in 2017.
Image: AP Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact in Puerto Rican territory.
Image courtesy of NOAA.