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Hurricane Irma

Quarter of Florida Keys homes ‘destroyed’

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Quarter of Florida Keys homes ‘destroyed’
A beachfront home shows damage from Hurricane Irma yesterday in Vilano Beach, Florida. AFP Photo

London: Hurricane Irma evacuees are returning to scenes of devastation in the Florida Keys with reports of a quarter of homes destroyed on the low-lying islands, reports BBC.

Search and rescue teams are moving through the worst affected areas with emergency supplies of food and water. US President Donald Trump will visit Florida on Thursday to view the damage caused as Irma tore through the state.  It will be Mr Trump's third trip related to hurricanes in two weeks and he will be joined this week by his wife Melania, the first lady.

About 90,000 residents returning to the Florida Keys and Miami Beach have been warned that most fuel stations remain closed and mobile phone signals are patchy.

Some residents were allowed into the towns of Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada on Tuesday morning.

"Returning residents should consider that there are limited services. Most areas are still without power and water," authorities in Monroe Country said. Nearly 6.9 million homes were left without power in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.

Parts of the Florida Keys, the low-lying islands which bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma, have since reopened.

But entry is being restricted to residents and business owners as work continues to clear roads and check the state of bridges linking the islands.

 

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