Decision to reopen keys after Irma was hard

Free meals for dozens of students in counties affected by Irma

'Irma's eye passed right over the station and they did five or six 12-plus hour days without air conditioning.

"We've got a long road to go, we've got activity that will be occurring here on the recovery side for months", Price said at a news conference.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said residents of Marathon Key could return to their homes Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. ET. It could take up to a month to restore service to customers in the Upper Sugarloaf to Big Pine Key.

He said that the county coroners must confirm the fatalities to the FDEM, something that Monroe has not completed because they are still engaged in a door-to-door check.

The toll from Hurricane Irma in the USA state of Florida stood at 50 dead Monday as officials tallied up the victims of the mega-storm, which ripped through the state last week.

For days, evacuees from the Lower and Middle Keys were turned away from a checkpoint state authorities set up near mile marker 74 on the Overseas Highway.

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.

Power outages hit other Southeastern states as the storm moved north, including Georgia.




The tragedy, which sparked outrage across the country, has led state and local leaders to check up on other assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout Florida. "I'll certainly keep everyone updated on this progress, promise", he said in his Facebook post.

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims.

The Lower Keys and Key West will open Sunday morning at 7:00 am, also to residents, business owners, disaster workers and supply vehicles.

Florida's home-insurance market relies heavily on small and mid-size insurers after brand-name national insurers scaled back their presence in the state in order to reduce their exposure to hurricanes.

"There are 42 confirmed deaths attributable to Hurricane Irma", said Alberto Moscoso, spokesman from the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM).

COLLEGE COSTS: A growing number of Florida college students turn to crowdfunding to help them pay tuition and fees.

Earlier this week, tragedy struck at a Hollywood nursing home when eight elderly people died due to hot conditions after the facility's air conditioning lost power from Hurricane Irma. The woman's grandson managed to catch the teen, though his friend took off, police said.

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