After the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, photographer Randy “Shots” Lathrop was riding his push bike on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon, near the Florida city of Cocoa. Piles of driftwood and debris were heaped along the banks. But then Lathrop spotted something that wasn’t just a battered old tree trunk – it was most certainly a man-made object.
After causing destruction throughout the Caribbean back in 2017, Hurricane Irma had then approached the coast of Florida. State governor Rick Scott subsequently announced a state of emergency on September 4. Residents were advised to ensure they had adequate food supplies and to prepare their homes for the impact of the powerful storm.
By the time the storm hit Florida’s Cudjoe Key on September 10 it was a category 4 hurricane, and it spent a day blowing across the state before heading north into Georgia. Some 6.5 million souls were forced to evacuate their homes.