Hurricane Irma

Irma’s Florida Death Toll at 34 — And Rising

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Hurricane Irma has officially been tied to 34 deaths in Florida, but the number will rise.

“Job No. 1 for the FCC [Federal Communication Commission] is public safety,” were FCC Commissioner  Mignon Clyburn’s opening remarks from the podium at the Miami-Dade Emergency Management Center.

Commissioner Clyburn joined FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Monday for a meeting with South Florida public safety officials and broadcasters to discuss the importance of  first responders and the public during storms and other emergencies.

An estimated 10,000 residents are homeless after Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys as a massive and powerful Category 4 storm and devastated entire blocks of homes last week.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the estimate during a news conference Monday morning in Marathon.

With that count, a little more than 10 percent of Monroe County residents have nowhere to live.

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Hurricane Irma made U.S. landfall more than a week ago, yet some Southwest Florida communities are still without power and running water, such as Everglades City on the southernmost tip of Collier County.

The small community is known for its airboat rides and fishing spots — and now, for taking some of the worst of Hurricane Irma’s wrath.

Governor Rick Scott stopped by Sunday afternoon to survey the damage.

The School District of Lee County

Lee County schools have been out of session since a little before Hurricane Irma and they're not set to return until September 25th. 

Lee County School District Superintendent Gregory Adkins said this date is later than the school district intended. 

"The recovery process is taking quite longer than we thought it would," said Adkins at a press conference. "And we found that most of our buildings did sustain damage."