Hurricane Irma: Floridians return to flooded homes

Hurricane Irma, which is considered to be the strongest hurricane to ever hit Florida and the Caribbean islands, has weakened to a tropical storm and is continuing on its north on its destructive path. Floridians are returning to their flooded homes and collecting what remains of their belongings. Residents living in the Florida Keys and within mobile homes throughout the state were hit the hardest.
Floridians return to the destruction Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Floridians are returning to their homes destroyed by Hurricane Irma, while the storm has weakened to a tropical storm and is continuing on its destructive path in the US. Millions of Americans are currently without power and several cities are flooded in the aftermath of what is considered to be the most powerful storm to hit Florida and the Caribbean islands.

Within the US, the area that sustained the most damage was the Florida Keys after being hit by the Category 5 hurricane. “I don’t think I saw one trailer park that almost everything wasn’t overturned,” stated Florida Governor Rick Scott after flying over the Keys, adding that the damage to the to the area was “devastating.”

Irma has weakened to a tropical storm Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Although Miami was not hit with as much force as the Keys, many areas in the city, such as Brickell, are completely flooded. Heavy flooding also occurred in many coastal areas, such as Jacksonville, where law enforcement rescued residents from their homes after flooding led to waist-high waters.

Brevard County in Central Florida was also one of the hardest areas hit by Irma, with storm pressures leading to several small tornadoes during the hurricane. Mims, a small town in Brevard County containing many mobile homes, had at least six total loss homes, flooding, uprooted trees and pieces of homes scattered all over the ground.



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