25% Of Homes In Florida Keys Destroyed By Hurricane Irma

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After Hurricane Irma overwhelmed the Florida Keys with 15-foot storm surges and 130 mph winds, causing the worst flooding the chain of islands has experienced in nearly a century, federal officials' first assessment of the damage suggests that nearly a quarter of the homes on the island were destroyed, according to the Associated Press. While not every home is beyond repair, officials said no structures escaped some form of damage.

“Basically every house in the Keys was impacted in some way or another,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference. “This is why we ask people to leave.”

While residents and business owners in the Upper Keys as far south as Islamorada were allowed back into the area Tuesday morning, Monroe County officials urged people to stay away. “Fuel, water, power & medical super limited,” the county said on Twitter, according to WSJ. The county has about 53,000 housing units, census figures show. Nearly all are on the Keys, a 110-mile ribbon of low-lying islands linked by bridges. Monroe County is home to 79,000 people, the vast majority of whom live on the archipelago.

Elsewhere, federal authorities have maintained their mandatory evacuation order during the early stages of the cleanup. Throughout the state, some 155,000 people are still in shelters and more than 9 million Floridians lack power, exposing them to the unpleasant summer heat. That’s compared with roughly three-quarters-of-a-million customers were still without power in Georgia and the Carolinas by late Tuesday, according to local utilities.

Meanwhile, workers Tuesday rushed to find any victims who had remained on the islands during the storm, and deliver food and water.

"It's going to be pretty hard for those coming home," said Petrona Hernandez, whose concrete home on Plantation Key with 35-foot walls was unscathed, unlike others a few blocks away. "It's going to be devastating to them."

With phone service still unavailable, the full extent of the destruction was still a question mark.

Further north, life in Florida inched closer to normal, with some flights again taking off, curfews lifted and theme parks reopening. Cruise ships that extended their voyages and rode out the storm at sea began returning to port with thousands of passengers. Crews also worked to repair two washed-out, 300-foot sections of US 1, the highway that runs through the Keys, and check the safety of the 42 bridges linking the islands. Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday said transportation authorities were inspecting those bridges to make sure they can still bear weight.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 12, in addition to four in South Carolina and two in Georgia. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

"We've got a lot of work to do, but everybody's going to come together," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said. "We're going to get this state rebuilt."

Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the more distant reaches of the Keys, and an aircraft carrier was positioned off Key West to help. Officials said it was not known how many people ignored evacuation orders and stayed behind in the Keys.

Some of the residents who’ve already returned are becoming so desperate, the sound of helicopters purring overhead elicits a sense of elation – a sign that the recovery effort is under way.

“In Key Largo, Lisa Storey and her husband said they had yet to be contacted by the power company or by city, county or state officials. As she spoke to a reporter, a helicopter passed overhead.


‘That's a beautiful sound, a rescue sound,’ she said.”

As the cleanup and recovery effort started in earnest, a few of the most heavily impacted cities, like Miami Beach, were just beginning to reopen, highways leading into the state from Georgia had bumper-to-bumper traffic, and long lines at gas stations remained a major frustration in cities like Fort Myers.

While officials from Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest utility, have said their rebuilding of the power grid could take weeks, the recovery could take even longer in the Keys, where, according to WSJ, the pleasures of island life in the subtropics have long come mixed with danger. One of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the US slammed into the Keys on Labor Day in 1935 at Category 5 strength, killing 408 people, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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J S Bach's picture

I'm still waiting to hear about how Pedophile Island fared.  

jcaz's picture

"Destroyed"???  Umm, no.  Nice pic of the trailer, tho- true, the mobile home population suffered, shocker......

NoDebt's picture

"Honey, where's the boat?"

"In the living room."


NoDebt's picture

No mobile homes in the Keys, so they take shots of wrecked RVs.  It's like a REQUIREMENT for any hurricane after shots.  They MUST show wrecked mobile homes/RVs by law.


Slack Jack's picture

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:


Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.


The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/monitoring-references/faq/anomalies.php scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?"

Since so many disaster 'records' are set/based upon money/dollars/wampum, might not record setting INFLATION have something to do with it?

greenskeeper carl's picture

A very good point. I would also say that 25% destroyed really isn't that bad for a cat 4 hitting the damn keys. I've been all over the Florida keys, and many of these houses are built just a few feet from the water and not very high up. Also, do those RVs count as 'destroyed homes' as well? More melodrama from the MSM

kw2012's picture

Lots of homes in the keys are little more than shacks. Probably about 25%.

zuuma's picture

don't even downvote the monkey.  He posts the same useless drivel & probably gets a commission for every click.

Feedeth not the trolls.


Retreating glaciers reveal previous human habitat:



Musta had SUVs & coal-fired power 1200 years ago, huh?

1033eruth's picture

What about record setting population?  The more people there are, the more housing there is which is the bulk of the cost of damage.  

Florida is well on its way to 30 million people thanks to unlimited immigration policies.  Imagine the damage estimate if there was 30 million people?  

Florida's population when I was born 1958 (not old enough to draw SS) = < 5,000,000

Florida's population 2010 census 18,801,310

Naturally damage is going to soar as Florida becomes wall to wall people.

GUS100CORRINA's picture


Video below with TRUTHFUL data actually warning people in the souith about a new COOLING TREND. Video is about 7 minutes in length. You might want to watch it and quit posting your fake news on Global Warming.



cherry picker's picture

I think AL Gore brainwashed you.

Don't feel bad.  Religion and Science have been putting nonsense into minds for some time now.

Look at history and you will discover real disasters killing multitudes occurring.  Yes a few people died but most were due to their own negligence.  Property damage does not constitute a disaster.

FringeImaginigs's picture

But science is also the process of taking drivel out of your mind no matter how it got there. Well, at least science does that for some us... 

JimmyJones's picture

Weather isn't evidence of Global Warming or climate change (the climate is always changing).  Now what has been intresting but gets very little attention is the fact that we have had a ton of solar activity this year in the form of solar flars and sun spots facing the earth.  Lots of charged particles hitting us non-stop and that isn't the norm.  But keep focusing on man-made global laming so that we don't move foward and start actually monitoring the real forces that do directly affect our climate and weather patterns.

Mike in GA's picture

I'll go out on a limb here and say from this point forward, in order to take one small step toward reducing the cost and size of government, NO taxpayer money should be used to rebuild barrier islands, period.  

Let the private market determine risk and those willing to accept that risk, rather than all risk being offset to us overburdened taxpayers.  

Multi-million dollar houses should not be covered or subsidized by your fellow citizens desperately struggling to make ends meet.

Bigly's picture

That looks like the one info wars found in houston

Bill_Brasky_69er's picture

so basically a bunch of 1%'er retirees in FL lost their homes in the Keys ... 

pods's picture

Homes damaged on a low lying archipelago by a hurricane?

I'd be more surprised if they weren't damaged. 

Sucks, but that is how life goes. 


GUS100CORRINA's picture

25% Of Homes In Florida Keys Destroyed By Hurricane Irma

My response: ONLY 25%??? I thought the pictures looked a lot worse than 25%. I guess it all depends on how you define a HOME?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Or how you define destroyed.

A home can appear in pretty good shape from the air. But when you get on the ground, you suddenly realize 15 feet of water flowing through the place has pretty much gutted it since the dollar value to rip out, repair and replace is greater than just to tear it down and rebuild from the ground up.

Insurance companies look at homes the same way they do cars. A car can be 'totaled' without the repairs being greater than the actual cash value. 80%+ is usually the cut off point for cars and homes.

Plus repair/replacement costs go through the roof in wide spread disasters because everyone needs work done and contractors and materials are stretched thin. Thus prices go up 30%-40% even 50% or more.

1033eruth's picture

I think there is more value in determining the definition of "destroyed".  I think they are full of sh*t myself.  A house isn't destroyed unless the foundation is ruined.  

Its the real estate that has extreme value because every ding dong in the US places a lot of value on being close to or able to see the ocean.  Then you make the financial management decision on whether its repairing or selling it to someone else that can rebuild a lot of it personally as labor is going to be too expensive.  

That could be one definition of "destroyed", i.e. labor will be too expensive, due to competition AND Uncle Fraud will make it prohibitively expensive to rebuild with inspections and permits.  However if a homeowner can do it himself or has friends that can do phases, the homes are repairable and NOT destroyed.

youngman's picture

I feel sorry for the loss...but it kind of goes with the territory.....you know you are going to have to rebuild every 5 years or so...If you live there...the key is to get someone else to pay for it..

In Ze No's picture

I saw pics of houses where the former 2nd floors were MIA.  Cudjoe Key, I believe.

Mr 9x19's picture

which one pedophile island, be more precise, there's many.

Gazooks's picture

a global archipelago 



of diseased minds

GeorgeHayduke's picture

The one Rush Limbaugh visits most often.

Paul Kersey's picture

"I'm still waiting to hear about how Pedophile Island fared."

Why, didn't you say that you preferred Thailand?

wisebastard's picture

if there is any damage they will probably get a tax payer funded rebuild that will be nicer than the stuff they had before....

wisebastard's picture

In an attempted plea deal, Epstein has claimed that he provided the use of his under age sex slaves to both England's Prince Andrew and famed attorney Alan Dershowitz while staying here at his home on his private island, Little St. James Island....


man of Wool's picture

Holiday booked there or something?

iconic's picture

"theme parks reopening" OK, now I feel better. God knows how much we need those theme parks.

jamesmmu's picture

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma May Lend Helping Hand to Economy, but Hurricane Iniki and Katrina Tell More Complex Longterm Tales


Joiningupthedots's picture

Anyone have any REAL links to REAL bargain yacht salvage sources?

It looks like I may yet get my 55 sailing yacht (needing work obviously)

Happy days!

pods's picture

Then you may enjoy the first of a boat owners best days. 

You'll know what the other best day is. 


Joiningupthedots's picture


Its my end of days project.

Hopefully I find one maintainable enough for my pocket and we fall apart and sink at the same rate eventually.  

Joiningupthedots's picture


Its my end of days project.

Hopefully I find one maintainable enough for my pocket and we fall apart and sink at the same rate eventually.  

Antifaschistische's picture

I think one could make the arguement that Houstonians hever would have anticipated getting 50 inches of rain.  Something that truly has never happened before...But, if you want a boat access backyard directly to the ocean, and you live on a small island.....UH, don't you know...that it's just a matter of time?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

go to sea level islands, find a swamp, fill it in & build on it..what could go wrong..??

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

better never buy homes in paradise..rent em..applies to women and auto's and air planes as well, others may want to add to this list of things never to own.

tedstr's picture

If it flys , floats, or fucks rent it don't buy it

Salzburg1756's picture

I live on Marco Island, the south part of it which was reportedly the part worst hit by Irma. I have heard from someone who went to see it that my house is in perfect condition. That is remarkable since I do not have hurricane shutters or hurricane windows; coincidentally I do not have flood insurance, or rather my flood insurance does not become effective until Sept, 21. I just bought the house.

You are all invited to come down and visit me this winter and stay for a month. …Well, not really, but you are all invited to upvote someone whom the mundane powers that be hate and whom the supernatural powers that be evidently love.

pods's picture

Damn, I would have brought all the fishing gear needed and a yak!

Glad you made it through. :)


overmedicatedundersexed's picture

don't worry the dindu's have moved in..and changed the locks..I guess you don't know hurricane season does not end until december..LOL  stock up on antacids my friend..

Paul Kersey's picture

I am glad that your house did not suffer.  Experiencing a storm like this just once can give one a lifetime of PTSD.

jcaz's picture

Yep, I am in Naples, pretty much the same story-  my power was out for 20 mins, so I couldn't watch the CNN version of the storm on TV- when it did come back on,  I tuned into the traffic cams in Key West and watched the guys fish off the piers......  Wind here hit maybe 60mph max,  most of it was 40mph,  just enough to prune my trees pretty well.

It's south Florida, it rains and blows- who knew?

The drama sold a lot of TV time, tho- good for them.

yarpos's picture


“Basically every house in the Keys was impacted in some way or another,” Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said at a news conference"


The MSM seems to toggle between super hyping the ordinary to reporting the blindingly obvious as if it is news somehow.

Catullus's picture

Finally, the correct use of the word "impacted". Usually people just mean effected.