NASA Earth Observatory has some pictures of damage done by Hurricane Ike:
The writeup explains the value of images taken from an airplane, as compared to the value of satellite shots:
The photos were taken to help communities respond to the disaster. Aerial photography is valuable because it provides a highly detailed view of damage in a small area. Satellites, on the other hand, can provide a wide-scale view, useful in mapping out the extent of a disaster. For example, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite observed flooding over hundreds of kilometers of the Gulf Coast on September 17, but could not image damage down to the street level as these photographs do. Also, unlike a satellite, an airplane is capable of flying beneath clouds.
This also illustrates, once again, the dangers of building on low-lying barrier islands.
Grace and Peace