While the US held its breath in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's Florida arrival over the weekend, Cuba was being battered by the storm's catastrophic Category 5 winds blowing at 125 mph and its aftermath ever since it made landfall on Friday.

These before and after images of the island put the damage from such a massive hurricane into perspective.

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The tranquility in modest Cuban homes like these...

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... and the island's pristine beaches...

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... was about to be shattered by Hurricane Irma.

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Countless homes were compromised as a result of the strong winds.

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The beautiful colorful structures the coastal city of Havana is famous for...

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... now have trees ripped from the root at its doorstep.

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Look at how massive this one is!

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But streets riddled with debris aren't the only proof of the storm's destructive force.

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Areas in Havana that were once safe for children to play in...

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... became dangerous thanks to the water pouring in from the storm surge.

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People weren't just wading through several feet of water outdoors...

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... there were some that were going about their daily routines in flooded homes.

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The current situation in Cuba is a stark contrast...

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... from the images of perfection we have become accustomed to on social media.

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We hope that the island and all of the places affected by Irma can recover soon.

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