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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:40 PM

Hurricane Irma death toll rises, 90 percent of homes damaged in Florida Keys

Source: ABC News

Hurricane Irma death toll rises, 90 percent of homes damaged in Florida Keys

By MARK OSBORNE Sep 13, 2017, 9:14 AM ET

As the death toll from Hurricane Irma climbs to 23 in the United States, residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape from the one they left last week.

As many as 25 percent of homes in the Keys were destroyed, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday evening, and as many as 65 percent of homes suffered major damage.

According to FEMA, 90 percent of homes in the Florida Keys suffered some damage.

Officials from Monroe County, which includes the Keys, were quick to counter FEMA estimates on Tuesday night, saying no official estimates of damage percentages or costs have been made.

"Things look real damaged from the air, but when you clear the trees and all the debris, it's not much damage to the houses," Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers said in a statement released by the county Tuesday night.

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