FEMA: 25% Of Homes Destroyed In Florida Keys

CNN reports:

Initial estimates indicate 25% of the houses in the Florida Keys have been destroyed, and 65% have major damage, said Brock Long, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administrator. Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way,” Long said Tuesday. He said the numbers are early estimates and could change.

Irma left a trail of devastation throughout the Southeast, killing at least five people in the US, flooding major cities including Jacksonville, Florida, and Charleston, South Carolina, and leaving millions without power.

On Monday night, Irma was downgraded from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as the storm lumbered 95 miles south-southwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Irma is expected to turn toward Alabama and then into western Tennessee.

The Key West Citizen reports:

Monroe County reopened re-entry into the Keys for residents and business owners in Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Entry requires a yellow re-entry sticker or proof of residency or business ownership in those three cities. A roadblock will be put around Mile Marker 74, just before Sea Oates Beach where part of the road has washed out. An FDOT road crew will repair the road tomorrow.

Returning residents should consider that there are limited services. Most areas are still without power and water. Cell service is spotty. And most gas stations are still closed.

  • Jay Silversmith

    Once hair furor gets his hands on FEMA funds to “repair” his mal-a-lago mausoleum, there won’t be much left for these damages.

    • bambinoitaliano

      He is going to write off 100% as the claim so he can install more gold toilet bowls in every room and hideous self portraits in every corner of the estate.

    • kareemachan

      Don’t forget – evangelicals should have first dibs on the funds, according to drumpster.

  • Deviancy Behavir

    But people are getting upset that they comeback and check on their property and pets. Anybody who’d leave a pet in a hurricane is an asshole and I hope the house was leveled and the pet safe.

  • Jonathan Smith

    I’m sorry, i have had it UP TO HERE about Irma.
    is NOTHING else happening in the world?

    • Do Something Nice

      Buddhists are slaughtering Muslims in Myanmar. The photos are horrible.

      Mexico earthquake death toll continues to rise.

      But you know you can actually access other news by going to a news website, right?

      • Gustav2

        What? There are other sites on the Interweb? Who knew?

        Someone give Mr Smith a list!

    • Ernest Endevor

      Are you kidding?

    • bambinoitaliano

      There are quite a few of JMGers affected by Irma. I doubt they have yet to find out what kind of damage the hurricane has done to their families. It can be exhausting to be expose to the same news over and over again. Our fortune lies in not have to be personally affected by the disaster.

    • MBear

      Close your browser

    • kareemachan

      Go check out some other website then. Vamoose! Get the fuck out of here where people ARE impacted or have family/friends who are impacted by the weather.

      I dunno, maybe you thought you were making a funny. You weren’t. I’m still trying to find out what happened to members of my family there.

    • ccc

      Find sand and stick your head in it.

    • Ken M

      I wonder if Harvey would still be in the news if Irma hadn’t come along. Jose has weakened, still a hurricane, but not even sure it’s going to hit. I do sort of agree. Give it at least 24 hours and we will see less inconsistency in the stories. Dare i say, it seems more and more is fake news.

      • Only if there were dramatic events that could be sensationalized.

      • Butch

        It does seem to me that the situation in Houston has kinda dropped from the news…..

        • Ken M

          I think your being too nice with your “kinda” reference, but didn’t anybody on here have friends and/or family there?

          • Butch

            Now I’m embarrassed – I actually have a cousin there. We lost touch because he’s the crazy drunk uncle who forwards the right-wing e-mails and I called him on it. I never even thought about him. My bad.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          80 % of schools there re opened today

          • Ken M

            Some good news..thank you for the update.

    • edrex

      there are other links/threads/articles on this site, btw.

    • barrixines

      We’ve had a spot of rain here in Barcelona and it killed one of the pot plants on my terrace. But I didn’t like it anyway. Awful thistle looking thing it was. Oh and my mosquito bites from Sweden a month ago still haven’t healed yet. I think you’re up to speed now.

      • David Conroy

        It should be noted that there was a major, deadly, earthquake in Mexico that has gotten next to no coverage in the US.

        • barrixines

          Re. the hurricane – lot of the English language press worldwide concentrated on the US and reported on what was happening in the Carribean as pretty much a throway preamble to the main story. I was in France last week and the focus was on the French territory there. I think it’s natural but disheartening.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          The biggest quake in 100 years.
          We have sent no aide.

          • ColdCountry

            With Dump, one hand does not wash the other. Mexico doesn’t have nearly as much as we do, yet they send us help. Dump doesn’t know how to be a good neighbor. Or a good human being, for that matter.

    • I know. It’s one thing to do full coverage of a story but the US news media seems to only be able to cover one story at a time, even the outlets with a 24/7 tv channel. Also, having people out in hurricane winds with a microphone is irresponsible. There was no news there that couldn’t have been had with some cheap stationary cameras. I only saw clips because I don’t have cable and the disaster porn trend in cable news is one of many reasons why cable is just not worth the outrageous cost. We got better news and were better informed when tv news was 30 minutes national and 30 minutes local every night. Now we have 24/7 channels and less actual news.

    • Butch

      In terms of the lead-up to the storm I think some of the cable news stations definitely ran out of things to say and were just filling time, but I don’t think that’s a fair charge to aim at JMG.

    • another_steve

      Bit of an over-reaction to your comment here, me thinks, Jonathan. I sense you’re not being callous re the destruction and devastation brought on by the hurricane.

      Tone/intent/humor can be difficult to convey on the web.

      Happens to all of us. πŸ˜‰

    • Jonathan Smith

      as a side note, that was NOT me being an evil bastard, i swear. just venting https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82acb2fb56b313b9d6a10d6270cfead2235562f325bfcf73298d35736ee97a9d.jpg

      • barrixines

        I don’t think you’re an evil bastard any more than I think I am for thinking that at least the hurricane news doesn’t come with a photo of Trump.

      • bambinoitaliano
      • Ken M

        Don’t be sorry. We are all entitled to our opinions in here. That’s part of what makes JMG such a great site. If you look below. You will see that I too was upset at the lack of attention to other newsworthy issues.

      • Goodboy
      • ColdCountry

        Prolonged stress can do that to a person. Irma is an important event, but you are correct that other things are going on. A lot of them are mentioned here; can’t speak for tv as I don’t watch it, but I do recall that they can cover one thing in far more detail than is needed and ignore other news that isn’t in the US, or isn’t as dramatic. I remember years ago yelling at the tv when they kept asking people how they “felt” after a tornado. “HOW THE FUCK DO YOU THINK THEY FEEL? How about what’s going on in the rest of the world?”

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I got a mosquito bite on my penis. The news doesn’t seem interested.

      • Homo Erectus

        If it was a ‘gator you’d be front page news.

    • Silver Badger

      Better Irma than trump.

  • Do Something Nice

    25% destroyed and 65% with major damage = 90%. This doesn’t seem consistent with earlier reports.

    • Todd20036

      The 65% may include the 25% destroyed.

  • worstcultever

    I’ve been beside myself for days, dreading 100% destruction of the whole damn state. This is merely awful in the worst areas, which still sucks, but damn I’m relieved overall, mass chaos- and displacement-wise.

  • Butch

    I know, I know, I know that what I’m about to mention is really a lesser concern, but….one of our memories of Key West was all the kitties wandering around, and we keep wondering what happened to them.

    • Reality.Bites

      I know the ones at the Hemingway museum (around 50) are safe.

      Don’t know about strays

    • Superman

      Also the wild chickens along Duval and I’m concerned about the butterflies kept in the greenhouses near the southernmost point.

  • Ernest Endevor

    OMG.

    • ColdCountry

      Horrible, but still better off than some of the islands.

  • another_steve

    Man and I have been in touch with friends in Naples and Fort Lauderdale. Thank goodness, some minor damage but they’re safe.

    • Todd20036

      Yes, the eastern shore of Florida was not hit as hard as it could have been.

      My mother is in Lake Worth, and she uses a breathing machine. She did not even lose power. (She spent the storm with a friend with a generator in case she needed it)

      Her house had some minor damage, but that is all.

      • JDS

        My hubby and I live in northeast Boca Raton. We lost power Saturday night (par for the course) got lots of wind and rain. Power came back on Monday night.
        The east coast of FL is very f****** lucky.

      • Hank

        Glad to here, that she is safe and has electricity, Todd/

    • Gustav2

      Friends in Siesta Key/Sarasota still don’t have power and can’t flush (the pumps on the sewers are not up yet) Trees down, etc. After the storm went more North they got off easy. The beach cam is back up, so there is some power on Siesta Key.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4c518e08b525f9e1544e96f1ee585919fe13c0bd1adb4574c2af5a7806a19d65.jpg

      https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/sarasota/?cam=siestabeach

      And of course they are cleaning up their most valuable asset…the beach.

      • Tawreos

        I volunteer to help clean the lifeguards

        • Gustav2

          It cracks me up, no one was allowed on Siesta Key just yesterday, now this AM the lifeguards are back.

        • Robincho

          Hose ’em down real good and they’ll be fine… πŸ˜‰

          • Tawreos

            Well, I am sure that there are one or two that could use a good spit shine to make sure they are extra clean.

  • JoeMyGod
    • JoeMyGod

      Father Tony and I had to wait in a long line of tourists to take a photo there several years ago. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f459c0dd845baf9496843bc1d5fc77f2462ea6c04d32b963fe1090319998bb3.jpg

    • Rex

      Has to be one of the most photographed places in the world. Sad, but it can be repaired.

      • GayOldLady

        And the good news is that it is still there!

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  • netxtown

    I have no idea how these folks are going to recover. With no water or power, limited accommodations for those who want to rebuild – and tag on money and labor. I’d be just sitting on a busted log bawling my eyes out…..

    • Todd20036

      They aren’t,yet. There’s a reason people cannot go back to their homes yet.

    • another_steve

      Human beings are quite resilient.

      As a result of Hurricane Sandy, my nephew and his family’s living room furniture was floating in a foot of water. They rebuilt and today it’s life as usual for them.

      • netxtown

        I was thinking mainly of the business owners…..and how they are looking at 6 mos to a year of little and inconsistent income, not to mention the time it takes to actually re-open the doors.

        The Keys are pretty much one way in, one way out – with the exception of course for anything that can be delivered via boat. Hopefully the Coast Guard can load up with plywood, shingles, windows, etc and make a substantial delivery to give them a good boost with materials. Oh,,and nails. Don’t forget the nails!

        It’s just mind boggling how much was destroyed. Reminds me of the 1980 Azores 8.0 earthquake without all the deaths.

        • another_steve

          So far, the death toll in the states hasn’t been horrendous.

          I hope that remains the case.

        • bambinoitaliano

          It’s very much like any seasonal businesses where they maximize 6-9 months of business to cover the short fall of the slow or closed time. However, with the magnitude of Irma, that is going to change the business outlook.

          • netxtown

            Winter time in the northern hemisphere sees lots and lots and lots of tourists down there. A good chance the residents down there will miss out on the whole season….probably all the way to Spring Break.

  • greenmanTN

    Now “construction workers” will flood the state and a lot of them will be con men who will ask for a down payment for the job then never be seen again.

    • netxtown

      same thought…..have seen it so much here in Dallas area after hail storms/tornadoes…..

    • WitlessProtection

      Well hopefully the home owners/insurance companies will be smart and only cut checks to reputable people. I know it will happen, and these con men should be strung up by their balls in the city center.

    • Alex in Idaho

      There’s a good crop of home-grown ones already there–tree trimmers, driveway repavers, guys that clean off mold, etc. My mom got totally ripped off by tree trimmers.

  • Rex

    When I see things like this I always think – where do you start?
    I guess the first thing I’d do is cry. And then get to work.

  • JoeMyGod

    A1A along Fort Lauderdale’s beach is under millions of tons of sand. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70acd77cf14ccc667d8b164797529ebe6da44b2a4f77db0d800f3b9fb4673d03.jpg

    • netxtown

      I hate to say this – but it almost looks better without A1A. Having to cross A1A to get to the beach was always life threatening…..

      • Superman

        I know, I was thinking the same thing. The sand is a definite improvement over that road, where they always drive too fast.

      • Hank

        Just for the tourists! We get extra points for taking out slow moving ones!! /s

    • Gustav2
    • Butch

      Really the least of anyone’s problems but we had the minor bad luck of sending our scuba regulators to be serviced at a shop in Fort Lauderdale just before Irma struck. We’re leaving on vacation in four weeks and assume we’re going to be renting regs…..

    • Reality.Bites

      I wonder if snow ploughs could be used to clear this. Not snow blowers, of course. There must be lots of them in some northern and Canadian cities that aren’t doing anything anyway for the next couple of months.

      I hope Florida isn’t stupid enough to turn down help like Texas did.

    • Hank

      Last night I looked towards A1A from my windows. From Sunrise south and from what I could see north, the condos and hotels have electricity. (Especially those in the pic, that I see from my windows) Same with most of Victoria Park.
      Drove down Sunrise to Andrews, yesterday to check on a friend, that I had not heard from. He was out looking for gas for a generator. He moved to FTL from Houston 1 year ago!!! Some traffic lights are out on Sunrise and on 13th Street north of it. Lots of road debris, but passable.

      During the storm, I DID see a transformer “explode” near Bayview just north of the Galleria.
      They spent @ 1 1/2 years redoing A1A from Sunrise to 18th streets, and only finished a few months ago. Do not want to see it, now. ;(

    • GayOldLady

      One of the most beautiful road trips in U.S. is the A1A ride. It’s sad to know it’s been damaged. I hope the road and everything that makes it such a beautiful drive will be fully restored so people can continue to enjoy it.

    • It sure doesn’t take long for nature to begin to reclaim humans meddling! Go Nature!

  • motordog

    I understand the appeal of living in someplace as beautiful as the Keys, but at this point I’d either (a) make a house so flimsy and cheap that it wouldn’t be a big deal to rebuild it if necessary, or (b) build a concrete bunker that would last through anything. It’s not like there aren’t going to be more of these storms in the future, especially with climate change.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    As Rachael said last night, ” Sewage services are out, no one wants to talk about that “

    • Silver Badger

      I remember getting our first indoor toilet. Modern plumbing is not necessary to survival.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        It is if you don’t have an outhouse. Ever try digging in a coral reef?

        • Silver Badger

          Chemical toilets do not require digging. As I live in Colorado, we don’t have many coral reefs. We have granite mountains instead. They are not easy to dig in either.

          • Cipher

            Chemical toilets smell up fast in the Florida heat and humidity. Just opening one down there, you get hit with some nasty vapor like nothing we have up in New England, even in July.

          • ColdCountry

            Composting toilets don’t smell, at least, not up north.

          • Cipher

            One of my dear departed friends from Michigan made a fortune off of selling clivus multrum units all over Canada. Personally, I have a modern septic system. I still help it out by watering my compost pile as often as I can. I hope things get fixed quickly down there.

      • ColdCountry

        Maybe not, but all that sewage from before is still floating around. I saw one thing where a person said the entire town reeked of sewage. “Loss of containment,” as we called it, can be a big problem in some areas when there is flooding.

      • Karl Dubhe

        True, but…

        Proper sanitation does require proper plumbing and disposal/treatment. πŸ™‚ There are a few more of us humans now than there used to be.

        • Yes, and the houses are way to close now to have safe outhouses, even with piped in water.

  • Silver Badger

    It is odd that we haven’t heard much about Cuba. They suffered a far worse storm than Florida.

    • Jeffg166

      It’s not the mainland of the U.S.ofA. so it doesn’t matter.

      • Cipher

        1,000 inconvenienced Americans will get news coverage in the USA before 10 deaths in a nearby country filled with “others”. Here, our Friends and Family experienced more than mere inconvenience, but still…

        I flipped between the major networks’ morning programs today. They put resources into interviewing and telling the story of a vacationing American couple who lived through the storm on St. Martin- nothing really about the people who live there and are stuck with the storm’s wreckage and aftermath. ‘Murika!!

        • Ninja0980

          Yup, all the people who live there can pound rocks for all folks here care about.

    • Hue-Man

      Lots of Canadian coverage; Varadero, which is the main winter vacation destination for Canadians, was hard hit.
      http://www.macleans.ca/news/world/hurricane-irma-cubas-devastation-in-photos/

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Yup. CBC, Global, CTV have all been covering Mexico as well as the Caribbean and Bangladesh.

    • jmax

      From The Guardian:
      Floods claim more than 800 lives across India, Nepal and Bangladesh

      24 million affected by severe flooding in south Asia, as aid agencies struggling to cope with disaster warn of food shortages and risk of disease.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d2d3307a8e107d232654d08a0f6fe650c07c64532d1f8ca184a42eedfe02176.jpg

      Out of sight, out of mind.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      We officially are pissed with Cuba because of their sonic diplomacy.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, and Irma hitting there first spared mainland Florida from a four or five.

    • It’s because our news media is solely focused on the US. Everywhere else truly isn’t that important, especially places like Cuba.

      • Cuba? Buncha Commies! Allied with Russia!

        Wait – given their apparent crush on Putin shouldn’t conservatives *love* Cuba?

        • You’d sure think so!

  • greenmanTN

    I know there isn’t a lot to laugh at right now, but Carl Hiassen’s book “Stormy Weather” is a very entertaining take on the craziness, scams etc, that ensued after Hurricane Andrew.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YL4IIC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    So many people without power. Without refrigeration or AC, Cell service, fuel and other essentials. .
    There will be pockets of some kind of epidemic and worse.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Hopefully not cholera

    • ColdCountry

      Flooding, especially on the scale in Bangladesh, almost always brings disease. From overflowing sewers to dead animals carcasses everywhere. Add heat and it gets even worse. At least we have medicine. (I am NOT minimizing the problem, just saying we are better off than some.)

  • Hue-Man

    Trump: “If your home was destroyed, just stay aboard your yacht!”

    • And if your yacht was destroyed, there is always your New York Penthouse!

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      I might think Melania Trump of the spiked heels would say that.

  • HandyAndy

    Update to everyone on my home in Cudjoe Key and the neighbors who stayed behind- It looks like our neighborhood was spared the worst of it. Since the center of the eye went right over top of us, we got hit by the north and south eyewalls, but had a break for over an hour as the calm of the center of the eye passed. The worst damage is from the eastern eyewall and everything for the next 50 miles east. Concrete homes held up well, wooden structures and mobile homes did not.

    The Miami Herald newspaper has reporters on the ground in the lower keys, and yesterday, they went into my neighborhood on Cudjoe, where they found my 70-year-old neighbors outside cleaning up debris from their yard. They did a video interview which you can see at the link below. This video was shot just one street south of my house, so it’s looking like I still have a home to eventually go back to. Click the link for the video of my neighbors Cindy and Jim:
    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article172742816.html

    • Hank

      Glad to hear Andy. A small bright spot of news from the Keys. I hope, that you can get back there soon and that services get up and running!!!

      My friend moved his sail boat 6 months ago from being moored in Biscayne Bay to Marathon. We went out on it @ 3 weeks ago. He is not very hopeful.

    • HandyAndy

      BTW, Cindy is the one who left the polite passive-aggressive note on my door last Monday asking me to pick up my stacked piles of coconuts before they turned into “missiles” in the high winds. She’s a character, and I’m really glad that they are OK.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Good luck. I haven’t been to the keys since about 1995. And before that as a kid in the 1950s and 60s. Always loved it but never cared for those flesh-eating fish …

    • Ninja0980

      Thank you for the update.

    • SoCalGal20

      That’s great news! Hopefully, you’ll mostly just have to do some yard cleanup.

  • WitlessProtection

    My fiance went from Orlando to St. Pete and was in a reinforced concrete building, compared to his flimsy wooden apartment in Orlando. They had quite a bit of wind and rain there but nothing they couldn’t handle. UCF is closed through today and he has to be back at work tomorrow, not sure if he is back home yet, but I will let you all know! Glad all of our other JMG readers and friends made it through OK.

    Love to you all!

    • Hank

      A friend of mine’s friend, drove from Miami to her place in New Port Richey, just before the storm was announced as shifting up the West Coast from the East Coast. After a nights rest, and seeing what was going to happen, the friend booked it out of there to head to Ohio!!!
      I am glad that your fiancΓ© came through it OK.

  • AdamTh

    O/T – Am I cynical? I really believe when all this is over we will find that 75% of the federal aid went to Donnie & his Wall St buds, instead of the hurricane victims…

    • LesbianTippingHabits


      Only 75%? They can do better.

      And, of course, none would ever consider tipping, let alone generously for good service.

      Remember, generous tips are the very best way regular people can help to address economic inequality, especially after a major disaster.

      Thank you.

  • JWC

    Devastating

  • Jacob

    If only we’d built that wall!

  • Edmond St Romain

    Any word about the Island house?