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Irma death toll rises to 23 in US, 90 percent of homes damaged in Florida Keys

As the death toll from Hurricane Irma climbs to 23 in the United States, residents of the Florida Keys are returning to a much different landscape than the one they left last week.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 90 percent of homes in the Florida Keys suffered some damage. As many as 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed, FEMA Administrator Brock Long said Tuesday evening, and as many as 65 percent of homes suffered major damage.

Search-and-rescue teams are still going door to door in the hardest hit areas of the Keys, including Big Pine Key and Cudjoe Key, where Irma came ashore. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Col. Lou Caputo told reporters Tuesday evening they had found no additional deaths in the county.

He said they expected to cover about 90 percent of the hardest hit areas in the Keys by Wednesday.

At least 23 people in the United States — 16 in Florida, four in South Carolina and three in Georgia — have died as a result of…

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