Only On 8: Helping Hurricane Irma's victims in the Florida Keys

Florida's insured losses from Irma total nearly $2 billion to date

Hurricane Irma - the first major Florida hurricane since Wilma in 2005 - struck the Florida Keyes last week, before making a second landfall in the southwest coast of Florida. Power, water and cell service are still spotty. Residents of the upper Keys began returning to their homes Wednesday.

"They replaced multiple broken poles, mostly in alleys or backyards". "And we don't have shelters right now". I was able to go half a mile away and get my friend with a truck and we struggled to get into the back of the truck.

Governor Rick Scott directed every county impacted by Hurricane Irma to submit a detailed debris clean-up plan to the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) by noon on Tuesday, September 19.

Hurricane Irma's claims already far exceed those from hurricane Matthew previous year, which only reached $1.2 billion from just under 120,000 claims filed. Irma tore up the southern part of Florida and the Keys, but the mighty storm lost its full power by the time it reached Citrus County.

Officials said residents returning to the hardest hit areas from Mile Marker 40 to Mile Marker 10 should know that services are nearly non-existent.

Recovery is only getting started, and some areas remain flooded.

Officials said there is no functioning hospital to admit patients in the Middle or Lower Keys.

The Salvation Army is flying in supplies to devastated areas in the Florida Keys, including provisions to serve 10,000 hot meals a day.

Millions are without power in Southeast. Georgia, North Carolina, and SC are large cotton states where damage would impact and an already damaged market. Nearly every home in the Florida Keys is damaged, according to FEMA.

The same groups will have access all the way to Key West on Sunday.

"The challenge, I think, for us will be. between here and Marathon", Key West City Manager Jim Scholl said. We will go through some more hard times.

Donate blood: OneBlood, in Florida, is urging people living outside of Hurricane Irma's path to visit their local blood center and donate blood as soon as possible.

Coxe is also using Facebook to help business owners get back on their feet. Nursing homes are covered by an emergency rule under Florida AHCA.

"You don't see it from the street like you see it from the air".

"The numbers are definitely higher (than usual), and we can make a clear connection to Irma on the inhalation and most, if not all, of the heat calls", Clayton said in an email to the newspaper.

Officials from the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Archeological Research in the Division of Historical Resources said they are working to preserve the the canoe, estimated to weigh 600 to 700 pounds.

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