Irma damage in US estimated at $172b

At least 47 people were killed in the Caribbean and Florida by Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded. The estimated damage in the US is greater than the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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While Irma has already been downgraded to a tropical depression, it wreaked havoc throughout the Caribbean and Florida just a few days ago and will be remembered as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes. The massive storm was one of the main news topics over the past week, causing immense damage across the Caribbean and Florida. Here’s a look at some of the statistics about Irma as the concern regarding the storm begins to decrease.

47 people were killed by Irma- 37 in the Caribbean and 10 in the US. About 6.2 million people- a third of whom live in Florida- are still without power. About a third of Florida’s population (about 6.5 million people) were ordered to evacuate their homes ahead of the storm. More than 585 shelters were opened and used by approximately 200,000 residents. More than 21,000 federal US employees are working to assist Florida residents and the recovery efforts.

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66% of the gas stations in the greater Miami area ran out of fuel. 12,500 flights to or from Florida were canceled due to the storm. In the Caribbean, serious damage was recorded. 90% of the buildings in Barbuda and 60% of the buildings in Saint Martin have been declared uninhabitable.

Irma was not the first major Hurricane to hit the US coast. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused $27 billion in damage. Hurricane Katrina, which hit in 2005, caused $108 billion in damage. However, it appears that Irma caused about $172 billion in damage.



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