As eastern Texas saw its first clear skies and sunshine in days on Wednesday, satellites in space got to work photographing the damage left by Hurricane Harvey.
Harris County and the Greater Houston area in Texas, which is home to roughly 5 million people, took the brunt of the storm’s record-breaking rainfall.
On Thursday, however, companies like Deimos Imaging, UrtheCast, and DigitalGlobe — which operate satellites in orbit and sell the image data — released a fresh batch of before-and-after photos of Texas.
Here are some of the most revealing views of the devastation. To compare pre- and post-Harvey images, drag the slider to the left and right. These images were provided by DigitalGlobe.
A zoomed-in area of Simonton, Texas
A zoomed-in area of Wharton, Texas
Holiday Lakes, Texas
DigitalGlobe also released this pre-Harvey image of the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas:
No ‘after’ image has yet been released, but flooding caused the chemical plant to explode twice on Thursday, sickening nearby emergency workers with clouds of fumes.”
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