Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10 as a Category 3 storm after leaving a trail of destruction through the Caribbean, including significant devastation throughout the Leeward, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Haiti.
Irma killed at least 92 people in the United States, and 134 overall as is swept through the Caribbean and up the Gulf Coast. Irma was the fifth costliest hurricane on record with a damage estimate of $53.4 billion in the continental U.S. Its total devastation was nearly $65 billion including damage in the Caribbean.
In addition to damaging homes and businesses, Irma knocked out power to more than four million people in the United States.
Irma also significantly affected tourism in the Florida Keys, which was closed to visitors until Oct. 1. FEMA officials said virtually every home on the chain of islands was affected by Irma, with nearly a quarter of the residences destroyed.
The storm caused widespread flooding along Florida’s west coast and significant damage from the Keys through Georgia.
FEMA made emergency declarations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and Georgia.
Irma victims have received the following financial assistance:
- More than $1 billion from FEMA, including nearly $700 million in housing assistance
- $128 million from 241 private donors
Critical needs in the Caribbean:
- Long-term recovery
- Infrastructure and network repairs
Major Disaster declarations were made in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Emergency declarations have been issued in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. In Florida, 30 shelters remain open with 1,900 occupants.
Critical needs in the U.S.:
- Long-term business recovery
- Infrastructure repair
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