Irma's death toll rises to 22 in United States; millions without power

Gladys Abbott
September 14, 2017

The Keys, a Florida island chain about 120 miles long, were hard-hit by the hurricane on Sunday.

"This is going to be a frustrating event. The commitment of our employees to assist during times of crisis is something every Ontarian should be proud of", Kiraly said.

Hurricane Irma completely destroyed a quarter of houses in the Florida Keys and majorly damaged another 65%.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials estimated as many as 25 percent of all dwellings in the Keys were destroyed and 6.7 million Floridians were without power Tuesday. In fact, at least 12 million residents continue to remain without power in Florida.

After devastating several Caribbean Islands, Hurricane Irma slammed into the Florida Keys Sunday morning as a Category 4 storm and then made a second landfall on Marco Island, just south of Naples, as a Category 3 hurricane.

"There are so many areas that you would never have thought would have flooded that have flooded", Florida Governor Rick Scott told reporters after a helicopter tour of the area.

At sunrise Wednesday, Keys residents faced the devastation left behind by Irma. However, it appears that Irma caused about $172 billion in damage.

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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an investor conference in NY that the storm would ultimately boost the economy by sparking rebuilding.

At 7 a.m., Tuesday, Upper Keys residents were given the green light to go back home.

There is help coming to areas ravaged by Irma. Even so, due to the high track error, models of the storm's trajectory show a wide range of possibilities, among them South Carolina, Newfoundland in Canada, and even out to sea.

"This is not a one-day event", Curry said.

It also lasted three consecutive days as a category-five hurricane, the longest in the satellite era since 1966. According to Weather Underground, the hurricane is expected to weaken over the next few days as it makes "a slow clockwise loop" in the Atlantic, passing over cool water it previously churned up.

Irma took its parting shot at Florida on Monday, triggering severe flooding in the state's northeastern corner, while authorities along the storm's 400-mile path struggled to rush aid to victims and take the full measure of the damage.

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