Residents of Florida are now counting their loss following the landfall of hurricane Irma which according to reports has destroyed no less than 90% of buildings in the region.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator, Brock Long in a break down said 90 per cent of homes in the Florida Keys suffered some damage with as many as 25 per cent of all homes destroyed and as many as 65 per cent of homes suffering major damage.
However, Monroe County officials were quick to counter FEMA estimates, saying no official estimates of percentages or dollar amounts of damages had been done.
“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.
Before causing destruction in Florida, Irma made landfall as a Category 5 storm in Camaguey Archipelago on Cuba’s north-central Atlantic coast packing 260km/h winds late last Friday.
Hurricane Irma left widespread destruction in the Caribbean’s reducing buildings to rubbles and left no less than nine people dead after days of deadly storms.
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