Number Of Deaths Due To Hurricane Irma Rises To 50 In Florida

by Abel Hampton September 23, 2017, 0:09
Number Of Deaths Due To Hurricane Irma Rises To 50 In Florida

In the Florida Keys and southwest Florida, students are expected to miss another week of school.

TALLAHASSEE | After a massive restoration effort, most of Florida has power 10 days after Hurricane Irma knocked out electricity to almost two-thirds of the state, mostly because of improvements made to the power grid since Hurricane Wilma 12 years ago.

Calculated through Sunday afternoon, Irma's losses easily exceeded the 119,000 claims and $1.2 billion in losses for Hurricane Matthew and the 19,700 claims and $139 million in losses from Hurricane Hermine, the OIR data showed.

Fitch Ratings says estimated insured losses for the industry could run from $25 billion to $50 billion.

Flood loss will add another couple billion to the total damage amount, researchers said.

Implying debris is hindering the restoration of electricity and other relief efforts, Gov. Rick Scott set a noon Tuesday deadline for Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Irma to submit detailed debris-removal plans.

Here are the total claims for Central Florida so far.

Fitch said the newer companies haven't faced a major hurricane before, but because Irma's "losses will be less than previously feared, the majority are unlikely to have losses from the event that exceed catastrophe reinsurance program limits". Storm surge damage was strongest in the Keys, Marco Island and Jacksonville. Insured commercial flood loss, most of which is covered by private insurers, could cost around $4 billion to $8 billion. Residents have begun cleaning up and recovering since Monroe County officials allowed them to return to their homes.

Huge swaths of the Sunshine State are living in darkness as the clean-up begins and utility companies draft in workers from as far as Canada to help fix the damage.

The Juno Beach-based electric utility tweeted Wednesday morning that more than 6,500 workers were moving to the hardest-hit parts of Miami-Dade County.

OIR had earlier declined to provide a county breakdown of insurance claims, saying the companies considered that information trade secrets.


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