Hurricane Irma

This was the first hurricane for our photo staff, not to mention the first week for our fall intern. We've tackled Florida's intense brush fire season, but planning for Hurricane Irma was an entirely different beast. 

Robby Daffin consoles his mother, Nancy Daffin, as she returns to her destroyed home on Plantation Island for the first time on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. "I care about her more than anything," said Daffin. During the eye of Hurricane Irma, Daffin drove to his mother's house to check on it. While leaving Plantation Island, Daffin became trapped by rapid flood waters and feared for his life. After finally contacting his son on Snapchat, he was rescued from the bridge. 

Jade Daffin, 10, draws hearts in the sludge left in her grandmother's destroyed home on Plantation Island on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. Nancy Daffin returned to her home three days after the storm to find it in ruins.

Standing flood water in front of the First Baptist Church of Everglades City on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. 

Norm Tabor, a resident of Chokoloskee, sips from a water hose as he helps his neighbor, Michael Kelley, clean up his home after on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Chokoloskee after Hurricane Irma. 

Olga Schramm takes a video on her phone of the damage as she rides into Everglades City, trying to get home to Chokoloskee on Monday, September 11, 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

A damaged vehicle on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the sheriff's office on the corner of US 41 and CR 29. 

Crystal Holler waits for her clothes to dry in the garage of her neighbor's home in Chokoloskee on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, three days after Hurricane Irma. "All of my clothes came flying out of the house," said Holler. She returned home to find her clothing covered in mud in her yard.

Jacob Daffin starts to throw out items from his grandmother's flooded shed on Thursday, September 14, 2017, four days after Hurricane Irma. 

Brandon Beaty, left, looks around at the supplies as Devin Daniels, 23, reaches into a trailer of supplies for Powerade at Fire Station 60 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Everglades City, three days after Hurricane Irma. 

Liza Wells registers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as her son, Zander, tries to hand her sunscreen on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Everglades City, five days after Hurricane Irma. 

Torrence Andrews, firefighter with Great Naples Fire Rescue Station 72, peers down a road in the Forrest Glen community on Sunday, September 10, 2017 after Hurricane Irma passed and the company was cleared to assess roads for obstructions. The vehicle Rescue 72 became stuck on a median when trying to go around a fallen tree in the road and needed to call to the station to be pulled out. 

A few trailer homes are marked with the word "demo" in Fisherman's Cove on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Everglades City.