How much damage has hurricane Irma caused Florida?
For starters to understand how much damage Irma has caused we need analyze the hurricane and compare to the ones that have come before.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have detected sustained winds of 185 mph, currently, the hurricane is classified as a category 5 tropical hurricane with a wind speed that is currently 10 mph greater than hurricane Katrina at its peak.
Dumping 15.19 inches in Miami and the key west, and according to meteorologist’s recordings similar numbers in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
Irma is a historic storm and one of the largest Atlantic storms recorded
On Saturday, September 16, the National Weather Service issued a warning to all people near the Withlacoochee River to leave as the water levels begin to rise to a major flood stage of 16.5 feet. This is one of many warning issued to the people of Florida after the destruction of Harvey.
In Florida alone, officials from 31 different agencies reported that they have already spent nearly 250 million in preparation and recovery efforts to mitigate damage and relief after at least 27 people have died because of the storm and 8 more because of flooding and other storm-related accidents.
At 6:56 a.m., four minutes before the mandatory curfew was officially lifted, officers began waving through semi-trucks filled with FEMA supplies or loaded with heavy construction and repair equipment.
As reporters traveled from Key Largo, through Islamorada, Marathon, and to Key West, they reported extensive damage on every island. Entire neighborhoods seemingly demolished. Irma’s power seemed to take its worst toll on mobile home developments and RV Parks.
“I’m overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start,” he told the news reporter. “I guess I’ll put on my shoes.”
After the hurricane homeowners returned to their city and began resiliently trying to put their lives back together, 1 man who had escaped to Hollywood, Florida, but looked out – stunned – at the damage to his property.
Cars had floated away in the storm surge, his boat, still there but drydocked because of the storm. “I’m overwhelmed. I don’t know where to start,” he told the news reporter. “I guess I’ll put on my shoes.”
More than 80 percent of Floridians have lost power after Hurricane Irma roared through the state. State emergency managers reported Friday that an additional 6.7 million homes and businesses still don’t have electricity.
Considering the damage
“Yeah, it’s probably on the main line,” Neil from Wisconsin told reporters. Neil is an electrician who joined a convoy of utility workers driving to Florida three days before Irma made U.S. landfall. They’re working 16-hour days alongside hundreds of tree trimmers and volunteers to restore electricity and to make roads accessible to the rest of island chain.
It’s one of the biggest obstacles to allowing people back in. There are limited fuel, power, and cellular service. At a Mobil Tavernier on Highway 1, there was gasoline at the pumps, the air conditioning was running and only one working phone. The owner advertised to everyone that they could make their calls inside the mini-mart. The store clerk offered free coffee, and storm-weary people seemed grateful to accept it.