Hurricane Irma destruction

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12 September 2017

Some Florida Keys residents are making their way back home today, and many are shocked by the extent of damage inflicted by Hurricane Irma.

By Niles Niemuth in the USA:

Officials estimate one quarter of homes in Florida Keys destroyed by Hurricane Irma

13 September 2017

The death toll from Hurricane Irma on the United States mainland rose to 10 on Tuesday with six people killed in Florida, three in Georgia and one in South Carolina.

At least 38 have been killed in the Caribbean with catastrophic damage in the British and US Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Turks and Caicos and St. Martin/St. Maarten, the island territory split between France and the Netherlands. The UN is airlifting food and emergency supplies to the decimated islands.

Approximately 15 million people across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina remained without on power Tuesday according to an estimate released by the Department of Homeland Security. Due to power outages, the Atlanta Public Schools canceled classes for 55,000 students again for Wednesday.

Utility providers expect that power will not be completely restored in eastern and southern Florida until the end of Sunday and not until September 22 on the western Gulf Coast, which bore the brunt of Irma’s winds. Millions will be left exposed to high humidity and heat as temperatures approached 90F (32C) Tuesday and are expected to remain in the high 80s for the rest of the week.

While significant damage and flooding has been reported across the entire state the storm brought the worst damage to the Florida Keys off the southern coast of the state. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that one quarter of the homes on the island chain were destroyed and another 65 percent suffered significant damage.

Summerland, Cudjoe and Big Pine Keys east of Key West suffered the worst damage as Irma hit the area as a category 4 hurricane Sunday with sustained winds of 155mph. The hurricane produced a massive storm surge and knocked down trees and power lines.

Officials from Monroe County, which covers the Keys, warned those who had evacuated from areas south of Islamorada that they would be unable to return to their homes for several more days. South of Islamorada cell service has been mostly knocked out meaning those who stayed behind have been unable to communicate with friends and family.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt described the situation on the islands Sunday night as a “humanitarian crisis.” It is estimated that as many as 10,000 of the Keys’ 80,000 residents remained behind during the storm.

The Upper Florida Keys, Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada were reopened to residents Tuesday morning as the Florida Department of Transportation continued inspections on a final few bridges connecting the lower keys to Key West.

Aerial photographs showed many homes in Lower Keys with their roofs torn off and that a significant number of cheaply constructed mobile and trailer homes were completely ruined, thrown from their weak foundations or blown apart by the wind.

There are an estimated 54,000 mobile homes in the state of Florida, often the most affordable housing option for low-income workers, retirees and vacationers. However, these homes provide little protection and are most susceptible to the catastrophic damage from hurricanes and tornadoes, which frequently hit Florida.

The Keys’ water and sewage system, which is fed from the Biscayne Aquifer, was knocked off line by the storm and is still not functioning properly. It could take weeks to restore regular water service to all of the islands. The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority reported on its Facebook page Tuesday that much of the damage of the water system occurred when trees uprooted by the wind and storm surge pulled water lines out of the ground.

The situation was even worse for the islands’ electrical infrastructure with at least 200 power line poles downed or damaged, which now need to be restored. Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers told MSNBC it would take as long as a month to restore full power to the Lower Keys.

The Pentagon reported on Tuesday it would be necessary to evacuate those who remained on the islands if essential services were not restored quickly. The USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier has been moved into position to assist with evacuations and deliver food and water to survivors.

Meanwhile in the state’s far northeast, the port of Jacksonville, which processes more than 1 million containers and 630,000 automobiles each year, was set to reopen today after being closed since Saturday. The city of Jacksonville experienced some of the worst flooding in its history as storm surge flooded the Saint Johns River.

The port of Tampa Bay reopened Tuesday afternoon allowing 10 tanker ships to deliver nearly 10 million gallons of gasoline desperately needed to power generators and vehicles. Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale reopened to cruise ships on Tuesday, with three ships arriving carrying a total of 12,000 passengers.

AROUND 5 MILLION STILL WITHOUT POWER And looking to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. [HuffPost]

8 DEAD IN FLORIDA NURSING HOME AFTER HURRICANE IRMA KNOCKS OUT A/C The victims ranged in age from 71 to 99. [HuffPost]

Even as the horrific destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma is still being tallied, the US political establishment is moving rapidly to its main order of business: A massive handout for the corporate and financial elite: here.

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17 thoughts on “Hurricane Irma destruction

  1. The People’s Email Network, PO Box 35022, L.A., CA 90035

    One poor guy got hit with a piece of flying debris, and after an
    interminable pause consumed by pained wincing, said, “Wow, that
    really hurt.” Is this what Walter Cronkite had to do to get started?

    In the meantime, we’ve got a pool going, and the prize is a
    beachfront condo that goes to the LAST person who emails us talking
    about how global warming and climate change is just a fake news hoax.
    And all they have to do to keep it is ride out the next hurricane
    that hits, otherwise they lose it. Actually they lose it either way.
    Just kidding about that, but the climate change is all too real.

    Whether you believe in God as a human-like personality, or whether at
    the other extreme you have believe in the inevitability of the laws
    of physics at the macroscopic level, there is something serious going
    on here. Can we agree on that, or does someone want to take a shot at
    the swanky underwater condo?

    Is it a coincidence that shortly after Trump yanks our country out of
    the Paris climate accord, and cranks up every fossil fuel project he
    can get his hands on, we see three category 4-5 hurricanes in a ROW?

    Wrath of God? Is somebody sending Trump, and the rest of us, a
    message here? God did not burn all that coal and oil. WE did. Repent
    while you can.

    Jerry Falwell blamed the 9/11 attacks on sinful liberals. Just these
    last two storms have done more property damage than a dozen 9/11
    attacks. We happen to think that the real sinners are the industrial
    polluters, and a lifestyle built on pumping green house gasses into
    the atmosphere.

    THAT is something that can be measured precisely and scientifically.
    Levels of carbon dioxide are escalating, accelerating, with no end in
    sight. The TREND is inescapable and not debatable.

    There is a lot of anguish in Texas and Florida right now. We are
    lucky, if such a thing can be said, that the devastation was not even
    more cataclysmic. Had Irma not brushed up against the mountains of
    Cuba, Miami could have been like what happened to the Virgin Island,
    Barbuda, etc., COMPLETELY wiped out.

    It could have been even worse. Next time it will be, and the next
    time after that. Until the anguish of people who have lost everything
    is channeled into real climate policy change, and not just blind
    short tempered anger, it will be rinse, so to speak, and repeat.

    In short, we are playing Russian roulette with hurricanes, our
    agriculture that depends on the stability of weather patterns, all of
    our human coastal infrastructure which which are tied to sea levels,
    and everything else affected by the mean global temperature. We can’t
    predict WHICH chamber contains the next climate aberration bullet,
    but we can say with certainty that we cannot survive at the current

    Get your Stop Global Warming bumper stickers:


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