WHEN disaster strikes, everyone puts up their hand to help. No matter the task.

And nowhere was this truer than in Florida where people witnessed the strange sight of a nun wielding a chainsaw to help remove debris left in the devastating wake of Hurricane Irma.

Coleman F. Carroll High School principal, Sister Margaret Ann, was quick to jump into action when the storm had passed over Miami.

In a clip filmed by the Miami-Dade Police, the sister, in her full habit, showed she was more than capable with a chainsaw as she went to work on a downed tree.

Showing the true meaning of community spirit, her efforts instantly drew praise from the police department.

Sister Ann's school reported minimal damage from the storm but would remain closed for the week.

"We lost some trees, the bleachers by the soccer field flipped, and there was some damage to the fencing by the baseball field and the pavilion," a Facebook post said.

Hurricane Irma lashed the southern US state after making landfall as a category four hurricane on Sunday (US time).

But despite killing at least nine people in the US and another 34 across the Caribbean, the damage wasn't as bad as expected with some experts believing the devastation could rival that of 2005's Hurricane Katrina, which killed almost 2000 people.

"I didn't see the damage I thought I would see," said Governor Rick Scott yesterday.

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