Hurricane Felix cut a swathe through Nicaragua's low-lying Caribbean coast, leaving dozens dead and dozens more missing.
Felix came ashore Tuesday as a category five hurricane - the highest level - destroying thousands of flimsy homes.
Once the hurricane had passed, people began venturing out to survey the damage.
Fishing communities of Miskito Indians, many of whom refused to flee before Felix hit, were particularly badly affected. About 150,000 Miskito Indians live in the region.
In Nicaragua, up to 9,000 homes were destroyed and as many as 50,000 people were displaced by the hurricane.
The storm also struck Honduras, causing the authorities to move some 20,000 from areas most at risk of flooding.
The Nicaraguan government, which declared a major alert before the hurricane hit, has now launched an aid operation and has called for outside help.
Supplies, including corrugated iron roofs, have been sent to victims of the disaster. But many villages remain cut off by the storm.
Across Central America, the remnants of Felix caused torrential downpours and threatened dangerous flooding.
But despite the devastation, some were able to make the best of the situation.